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Florida seeks waiver to No Child Left Behind law

TALLAHASSEE – Florida is among the first states to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

State education officials earlier had said they would take up the Obama administration’s offer of waivers, but Monday was the first day requests could be filed.

State Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said the waiver would give Florida the flexibility to strengthen its accountability system.

Many schools that get high grades from the state have nevertheless failed to meet the more complex No Child Left Behind standards.

Florida’s application would allow the state to diverge from the federal law in four major areas.

They are college and career readiness, accountability, instruction and state rules and regulations.

The federal government is expected to act on the requests as early as January.