December 26 | Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP)  California's self-styled bid to avoid the strict requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law has failed as widely anticipated.

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said Friday that U.S. Department of Education officials informed him that they were prepared to reject the state's waiver application, although the denial has not yet been formally issued. The San Jose Mercury News reported Monday night that the state was told, by telephone on Friday, of its failure to win the waiver.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan explains that growth in student learning matters in his rejection of California’s waiver request. Read Duncan’s letter to California here

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