The U.S. Department of Education has granted waivers from portions of No Child Left Behind to a group of eight school districts in California -- a new step for the administration, which previously granted such waivers only to states. These districts -- Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno and Sanger -- will operate differently than others in the state and have more flexibility on topics of spending, teachers' evaluations and testing.

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