Texas public schools will get a break from some of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, the Texas Education Agency announced Monday. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan granted a conditional waiver that means fewer Texas schools will get failing labels under the federal law. In addition, school districts no longer will be forced to offer students access to private tutoring companies, whose track records have proven spotty. Instead, districts will have more choice in how they spend the federal funds to help struggling students.
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