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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 9:25 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hawai'i wants flexibility with No Child Left Behind Act

Associated Press

Hawai'i is among 15 states vying to be chosen as one of the few that will be allowed some leeway in how student progress is measured under the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal education law criticized by some as overly rigid.

Applications are due Friday, three months after Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced that states would be allowed to seek some flexibility.

The applicants, which are coming from states urban and rural, red and blue, also include Florida, Ohio, Arizona, Alaska, and Oregon. Other states planning to apply include Indiana, Colorado, Delaware, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. A maximum of 10 states will be chosen by this spring.