Just as Montour and Moon Area students are preparing to head back to the classroom, the U.S. Education Department and Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday announced a request has been granted to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind's requirements in Pennsylvania.
"This is welcome news for students, parents, taxpayers, educators and public schools across the state," Corbett said in a news release.
The partial waiver allows Pennsylvania to improve schools on the state's own terms, which means eliminating Adequate Yearly Progress and using another indicator of academic progress.
Corbett said, "This waiver allows Pennsylvania to focus on improving schools by directing resources to areas that help students academically succeed. We now have a better way of guiding improvement efforts in schools by establishing ambitious, yet attainable, goals."
Waivers are required because Congress has not finished a rewrite of the education law, which expired in 2007, the AP reports.
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