No Child Left Behind waivers could offer flexibility for Illinois schools

September 26, 2011

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New developments with No Child Left Behind may mean Illinois schools no longer have to meet some of the act's key goals.

No Child Left Behind was created to improve national standards for academic achievement and accountability in schools. But almost a decade in, school districts in Illinois and around the country were struggling to meet standards set by the act. Now, the federal government said states and school districts may be able to opt out of some key requirements. To find out what this could mean for Illinois, Eight Forty-Eight was joined by Mary Fergus, a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Board of Education.

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