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L.A. Unified, 7 others get waivers from No Child Left Behind

posted Aug 10, 2013, 10:21 AM by Gary Jones   [ updated Aug 10, 2013, 10:27 AM ]

L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law.

They are the first school systems in the country to receive, on their own, a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. Previously, federal officials had only granted exceptions to states, when they met conditions for applying. California had sought a waiver and was turned down; the eight districts formed a group to seek relief on their own.

Besides Los Angeles, the school districts are Long Beach, Santa Ana, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Sanger.

One key condition is that the school districts must evaluate teachers based on student academic growth, which typically means standardized test scores.

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