August 6 | The Los Angeles Times

By Howard Blume

L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law.

They are the first school systems in the country to receive, on their own, a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. Previously, federal officials had only granted exceptions to states, when they met conditions for applying. California had sought a waiver and was turned down; the eight districts formed a group to seek relief on their own.

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