Last week the Obama Administration approved NCLB Flexibility Request for Puerto Rico in exchange for locally-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.
In fall of 2011, 45 states D.C., Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education requested waivers from NCLB. Currently, there are 42 states, including D.C. and Puerto Rico with approved waivers while other applications are still pending.
The 42 states that have approved NCLB waivers include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The Bureau of Indian Education and the states of Illinois, Iowa and Wyoming are still waiting for waiver approval.
Five states have not yet requested flexibility which include: California, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota (request withdrawn), and Vermont (request withdrawn). The Department approved a separate request for waivers from the CORE districts in California.
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