A committee of North Dakota education officials has voted in favor of applying for a waiver from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
State School Superintendent Wayne Sanstead will have the final say. Sept. 6 is the deadline for states to apply.
States are allowed to opt out of the controversial law if they meet certain requirements including developing alternative standards that meet federal approval. More than two dozen states including South Dakota already have waivers.
An advisory committee of teachers, administrators and school board members formed by Sanstead decided against applying by the initial deadline last fall and by a second deadline earlier this year, to provide more time to work on standards. The committee voted 8-4 on Aug. 15 in favor of pursuing a waiver. North Dakota residents can submit comments about the idea through Saturday on the state Department of Public Instruction website.