Virginia is one of the latest states to slip out from under the federal No Child Left Behind education law.
The Department of Education on Friday granted five more waivers from the widely maligned, decade-old act. In addition to Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Utah will no longer be subject to the tough “adequate yearly progress” system and other NCLB mandates.
“Their plans are the product of bold, forward-thinking state and local leaders who have moved beyond the tired old battles and partisan bickering to roll up their sleeves and start working together,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement Friday.
Two dozen states have now been released from the law, the first major domestic legislative achievement of former President George W. Bush's administration and the product of a bipartisan effort spearheaded by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Another 12 states and the District have also submitted waiver requests, which are currently under review and must be approved by Mr. Duncan.