The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will allow Chicago Public Schools to tutor struggling students even though the district itself has not met academic standards--a waiver of federal rules that could have national implications.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced the change Sept. 1 in Chicago, marking the second time in a week she has shown flexibility in how she enforces President Bush's No Child Left Behind law.

In the other case, four Virginia school districts have been allowed to offer tutoring before they are required to offer transfers to students

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