6/30/2011

South Dakota schools chief Melody Schopp says the state will not adhere to No Child Left Behind guidelines, risking millions in federal funds and becoming the latest state to defy the law. Schopp said she did not want to label more schools as failing when proficiency targets rise. Idaho officials have said they will defy the law, and Kentucky leaders have asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for permission to use their own accountability system. Duncan has said he plans to offer states relief from NCLB sanctions, as an update to the law remains mired in Congress.

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