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Minnesota applies for No Child Left Behind waiver

State officials say they’ve applied to the federal government for a waiver to the No Child Left Behind law, saying a proposed Minnesota plan for education accountability is better than the federal requirements.

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement: “We firmly believe our waiver application represents a bold and creative accountability plan that better and more appropriately fits Minnesota’s needs.”

She said many of the principles required by the federal education officials for states applying for waivers have already been implemented in Minnesota, including the bipartisan teacher evaluation law passed this year, and Minnesota’s work on rigorous standards and a growth model that is already in state statute.

A copy of the Minnesota waiver application can be downloaded here.

State officials say 41 states have indicated they will apply for waivers. Minnesota is one of 11 applying in this first round. A decision on the application could come in January.

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