Study: Waivers Leave Behind At-Risk Students

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of education and civil rights activists says millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as a result of the Obama administration’s decision to allow states to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law.

The Campaign for High School Equity released a study Tuesday analyzing the impact of the waivers, which states got in exchange for plans to better prepare students for college or career. It says the department is not tracking at-risk students as carefully as before.

The new rules have allowed almost 2,300 schools to shed their label of seriously troubled.

Advocates say Education Secretary Arne Duncan should make it harder for states to win waivers. Texas has applied for such a waiver.

Duncan says Congress needs to rewrite the law.

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