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States offered more time to ignore education law
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, Education Secretary Arne Duncan gestures as speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. States can request permission to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law through the spring of 2016, the Education Department said Thursday. The long-term offer underscores the intensive work states have already undertaken on school reforms in exchange for flexibility from Washington, as well as a dour outlook that Congress will take action to update No Child Left Behindís outdated goals. The law expired in 2007 and included goals now seen as overly ambitious. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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