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Some states stay with education law, cite politics

Pa., Texas among 11 states passing on education law exceptions for now; some cite politics By The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) ' Some of the nation's largest states are questioning whether the Obama administration's offer to let them escape certain mandates under the No Child Left Behind law is a helping hand to improve education or a means to impose more federal control.

On Thursday, the administration freed 10 states from the strict requirements of the law. That would give them long-sought leeway to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.

California, Pennsylvania, Texas and eight other states haven't asked for the waiver, although they could apply later. Pennsylvania's top educator says the offer doesn't make sense, in part because Congress may change the law next year.

Some experts say the states are waiting to see who wins this fall's elections.

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