States could be denied No Child Left Behind waivers if they do not collaborate with teachers, unions, parents and the community on their proposals. Officials say this could delay some states' requests. "If it's a plan that comes in from on high and doesn't have buy-in, it has much less likelihood of success," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "The only way you get better outcomes is you listen, you learn, you pay attention, and you reflect that with where you're trying to go."
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