Idaho receives permission to ignore NCLB benchmarks

After warning federal officials that Idaho would defy portions of No Child Left Behind this year, Education Chief Tom Luna has received permission to keep annual academic proficiency targets the same for three straight years. The Education Department's decision, however, is not a formal waiver, which still is in the works. Several states -- most recently Michigan and Tennessee -- are seeking waivers from some benchmarks established by the federal education law.

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