Indiana requests new No Child Left Behind waiver

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz has submitted Indiana's request for a new waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

The request submitted Monday beat a deadline set by U.S. Department of Education officials for the state to submit a new waiver that addresses concerns raised by federal monitors.

At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million Indiana receives in federal "Title I" education dollars each year.

Federal officials told Ritz in April that problems with the state's monitoring of low-performing schools had placed the state's waiver in jeopardy. The decision came shortly after Indiana became the first state to exit the national Common Core education standards.

Ritz staff members said they have been promised a response by the end of July.

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