Mo. plans to seek waiver for federal education law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri education officials plan to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Friday it has notified federal officials of its intent to opt out of the federal law. Last month, President Barack Obama said states will be allowed to seek a waiver from the law, which requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

States must meet conditions such as setting standards to prepare students for college and careers. States apply for the waiver through the U.S. Department of Education.

Missouri education officials are examining the requirements for a federal waiver and comparing it to the system already in place in the state.

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