Source: San Jose Mercury News

This fall, frustrated by the glacial pace of Congress in making over the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education decided to go around the landmark education law. The administration announced states could apply for temporary relief from some of the act’s key provisions — such as requiring all students in the nation to be proficient in reading and math by 2014 — if they agreed to adopt a set of school reforms.

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