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Rhode Island to seek NCLB waiver

October 25, 2011

State education officials say they will seek leniency from the federal government on performance targets for public schools. A spokesman from the Rhode Island Department of Education says officials plan to submit a request for flexibility under federal guidelines in February. Rhode Island is one of roughly 40 states considering requests for waivers since the federal government announced they would become available.

Just what kind of leniency Rhode Island will seek is still a matter of debate. RIDE spokesman Elliot Krieger says no decisions have been made so far.

“Our plan is to hold public hearings or forums on this issue to help guide our decision-making process,” Krieger writes via email.

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