LOS ANGELES (AP) California's self-styled bid to avoid the strict requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law has failed as widely anticipated.
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said Friday that U.S. Department of Education officials informed him that they were prepared to reject the state's waiver application, although the denial has not yet been formally issued. The San Jose Mercury News reported Monday night that the state was told, by telephone on Friday, of its failure to win the waiver.
``I look forward to thoroughly examining the rationale the Administration provides for its decision and will continue to explore every avenue for providing California's schools and students the relief they deserve,'' Torlakson said in a statement.
After missing two deadlines for waivers, California submitted in June a last-minute, customized exemption from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as No Child Left Behind is formally known, saying that even though it did not comply with the specifics of some waiver requirements, it was adhering to them in principle.
U.S. education officials did not return a request for comment on Wednesday. The department has received a total of 47 waiver requests. Approvals have been issued to 33 states and the District of Columbia so far.
Under the law's main provision, schools must raise all students to proficiency levels in English-language arts and math by 2014. If not, they could suffer penalties, including losing federal money.