Topeka The Kansas Board of Education has approved the state's request for a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Members voted Wednesday to support the waiver's submission to the U.S. Department of Education. If granted, Kansas schools would no longer face a 2014 deadline for ensuring that 100 percent of their students perform well on state tests.
After Congress failed to change the law, President Barack Obama told states last fall they could seek a waiver around the unpopular proficiency requirements in exchange for actions his administration favors.
Kansas officials plan to submit it by Feb. 28, the deadline for the second round of requests. Ten states were granted waivers last week from the first round of requests.