The federal government has approved Maine’s request for a two-year reprieve from federal education requirements. The US Department of Education announced Monday that Maine will receive a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. Maine’s Education Department heralded the waiver as a chance for the state to implement its own education reforms. The department said that Maine will be able to use federal money for the schools most in need with the aim of reducing the number of nonproficient students and closing achievement gaps. Maine will place schools in five categories: priority, focus, monitor, progressing, and meeting.