May 20 | Los Angeles Times

By Howard Blume

The federal government made it clear again Monday that California will get no relief from education mandates that officials across the country consider a burden.

The point was made as the U.S. Department of Education announced that it granted three more states waivers to No Child Left Behind, the bipartisan legislation that is closely associated with the administration of George W. Bush.

No Child Left Behind required virtually every U.S. student to be academically proficient by 2014. Schools unable to progress steadily toward that goal have been labeled as "failing." These schools are subject to various sanctions over time, including being shut down. Some states responded by lowering academic standards so more students would meet them, but still fell short.

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