Alaska's education commissioner said that the state plans to take the steps needed to seek a waiver from provisions of the federal education law No Child Left Behind.
Michael Hanley told The Associated Press the decision boiled down to either seeking a waiver or "riding out" No Child Left Behind, which he said would result in more and more schools being labeled as failing because they would not meet the soon-to-be rising bar for measuring annual progress.
Hanley said he didn't expect any changes to the law before the November presidential election and said it even could be another year or more beyond that.
In the meantime, he said state officials are taking the steps necessary to file a waiver request by a September deadline for a new round of applications.
"The bottom line is, if I thought that we were having to sacrifice what I thought was going to be good for Alaska in order to get a waiver, we would just probably ride it out," he said. "But I think we can move forward, with components that I think are going to have a positive impact and positively affect our education system and will allow us to get a waiver at the same time."