The U.S. Department of Education is announcing that Washington and Wisconsin have won their bid to be relieved of some requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" law, the Associated Press reports. The two states are joining 24 other states that have earned waivers from the federal education law. Washington state education officials confirmed their state's waiver. The Wisconsin waiver was reported by The New York Times. The department's formal announcement was expected Friday. The 10-year-old federal No Child Left Behind law requires all students to achieve proficient math and reading scores by 2014, a goal that many educators...

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