In Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind include plans to replace the federal education law's 100% proficiency mandate with what officials say are more realistic goals. Virginia's proposal calls for 75% of students to be proficient in reading, and 70% in math. However, some say the state's proposal could lead low-income and minority students to be overlooked. Waiver applications are due Tuesday.
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