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John Kline
States can apply for waivers to No Child Left Behind

With a growing number of states rebelling against the No Child Left Behind law and stalled efforts in Congress to reform it, the Obama administration says it will grant waivers to liberate states from a law that it considers dysfunctional. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he is taking action because of "universal clamoring" from officials in nearly every state, who say they cannot meet the unrealistic requirements of the nine-year-old federal education law. "The states are desperately asking for us to respond," Duncan said in a conference call with reporters Friday. Duncan and Melody Barnes, President Barack Obama's domestic policy adviser, were short on...