Ed Dept. gives district-level waivers from law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is giving eight of California’s largest school districts permission to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

The move announced Tuesday covers more than 1 million students and is the first from Education Secretary Arne Duncan to work with individual districts on exemptions. To this point, Duncan has given 39 states and the District of Columbia permission to work outside the Bush-era law on individual plans to improve schools.

Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento districts were among those given waivers. Others include Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, Sanger and Santa Ana school districts.

Those districts petitioned Duncan as a group called the California Office to Reform Education.

Other districts in the state still must comply with the law.

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