At least 20 states are expected to apply for No Child Left Behind waivers by the Feb. 28 deadline. However, some critics say the Department of Education has not honored its pledge to offer states needed flexibility from the federal education law because of the requirements imposed by the waivers. The department has said some states' waiver applications offer vague plans for teacher evaluations, do not do enough to engage with stakeholders and include complex grading systems.

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