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Deadline for waivers on school law extended

Offer through ’16 highlights states’ reform efforts

WASHINGTON — States can request permission to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law through the spring of 2016, the Education Department said Thursday.

The long-term offer underscores the intensive work states have already undertaken on school reforms in exchange for flexibility from Washington, as well as a dour outlook that Congress will take action to replace the outdated goals of No Child Left Behind. The law expired in 2007 and included goals now seen as overly ambitious.

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