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U.S. Department of Education Clears the Way for Minnesota to Renew its Waiver for No Child Left Behind

Star Tribune (WY) (02/05/14) McGuire, Kim

According to state education officials, the U.S. Department of Education has granted Minnesota preliminary approval to renew its waiver for No Child Left Behind. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius commented that her department would require schools to meet a higher threshold of accountability under the new waiver. Originally the waiver required schools to have more than 40 students in one subgroup -- English language learners, minority students, and students living in poverty -- to be held accountable for meeting the waiver's targets, but the new waiver will reduce the minimum number of students to 20. Cassellius said, "We're raising our expectations. The bar just [got] higher, and now more kids count -- that's a good thing." The state has until Feb. 28 to submit its letter of intent to renew the waiver.
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