The U.S. Department of Education has granted Alabama's waiver to be exempt from many of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. The state now will follow a plan of its own design -- PLAN 2020 -- which includes a goal of graduating 90% of students and preparing all graduates for college or career by 2020. State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice said the state's plan will deviate from NCLB's "all-or-nothing" approach and better meet students' needs.

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