Georgia, South Carolina exempted from parts of federal education law

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Education has granted Georgia and South Carolina an extension for flexibility from parts of the No Child Left Behind Act.

In a letter Thursday, federal education officials said Georgia has been given an extension for the 2014-15 school year because flexibility from some of the law's provisions have helped Georgia execute student achievement reforms.

Federal officials cited the creation of statewide professional development programs, school accountability initiatives and platforms for student and teacher improvement as reforms that go beyond federal regulations.

Officials say when the state applies for a renewal of the extension next year, the state Department of Education must show Georgia education standards have helped improve student progress and address achievement gaps.

Extensions were also granted to education systems in Delaware, Minnesota and New York.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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