Some states offer districts greater autonomy

Some district administrators in Georgia, California and other states are winning more independence by committing to strive toward specific student-achievement goals. States are increasingly "feeling a groundswell from the locals" as they face new NCLB accountability measures, says Kathy Christie, an Education Commission of the States senior vice president. "They're saying: 'We've got so much compliance to do. Let us out of some of that.'"

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