[caption id="attachment_103114" align="alignleft" width="150"] Congress could come up with a great plan for reauthorizing NCLB by adopting the best ideas from the states' waiver applications, Duncan said at a July 6 news conference.[/caption]

Although more than half the states are now exempt from the toughest requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said his goal remains to help Congress fix the law, not to sidestep the stalled overhaul effort.

Still, allowing waivers has brought a level of creativity to education reform that was unexpected...

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