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Dec 21, 2012 7:58 PM by The Associated Press

Feds reject Calif. request for education waiver

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top education official says the federal government has rejected the state's request for a waiver from parts of the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a letter sent Friday to local superintendents that a formal denial has not been issued, but education officials told him the request would be rejected.

California applied for a waiver in June from the law's school-performance accountability requirements, citing the state's Academic Performance Index that ranks school achievement by standardized tests and is slated to be expanded to include other measures.

Torlakson says California's accountability system is more meaningful than the federal system and is waiting for further direction from federal officials.

Federal funding can be withheld if states do not comply with the law.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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