The U.S. Department of Education recently turned down a request from Kansas for a temporary waiver from federal No Child Left Behind mandates. But now Education Secretary Arne Duncan is indicating that he will use his executive authority to free states from the mandates if Congress doesn’t overhaul the law by this fall, the New York Times reported. “We’re not going to sit here and do nothing,” Duncan said. “Our first priority is to have Congress rewrite the law. If that doesn’t get done, we have the obligation to provide relief in exchange for reform.”
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