State leaders in Connecticut are promoting reforms such as stricter teacher evaluations and new plans to turn around struggling schools ahead of the state's plans to apply for a waiver to some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. "The waiver certainly adds urgency to the crafting of those measures," Stefan Pryor, state education commissioner, said. Connecticut is among 39 states that have applied or plan to apply for the waivers, which would relieve them of sanctions if students do not meet academic benchmarks under NCLB.

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