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Updated Nov 26, 2013 - 4:10 pm

US education officials: Arizona an at-risk state

PHOENIX — The U.S. Department of Education says Arizona is a high-risk
state for failing to meet various Elementary and Secondary Education Act
flexibility requirements.

Federal officials notified state Superintendent of Public Instruction John
Huppenthal by letter Tuesday.

In July, Arizona officials requested to extend approval of its ESEA flexibility
request through the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Federal education officials say Arizona’s revised guidelines for teacher and
principal evaluation and support system don’t meet flexibility requirements.
They’re asking Arizona education officials to submit another plan within 60
days.

Many states applied to be freed from the most strenuous requirements of the No
Child Left Behind law that expired in 2007.

The Obama administration is allowing states that promise to improve how they
prepare and evaluate students to get a waiver.

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