SEATTLE — Washington’s top education official is making another attempt to get the state exempted from requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, his office announced Monday.Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn asked the U.S. Department of Education in June if Washington schools could avoid sending letters to parents saying if schools are not making adequate yearly progress and explaining that kids can transfer to a school that is. It appears to be Dorn’s latest effort to retain the state’s exemption from some elements of the federal education law. Washington state was the first to lose a waiver granted to 43 states and the District of Columbia. The waivers are stopgaps until Congress reauthorizes the federal framework for the nation’s schools.Dorn says the letters sent to parents at least 14 days before the start of the school year don’t serve a useful purpose because nearly every school in the state is not making adequate yearly progress, a measurement under the No Child Left Behind Law.Under the waiver, Washington was exempt from sending the letters and also had permission to use some federal dollars in creative ways to improve student achievement. Now, the state needs to set aside that money — about $40 million — to transport students who want to go to a different school and provide outside tutoring for families that request it.
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