When Congress became too mired in partisan squabbles to pass a comprehensive education reform bill to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, the Department of Education began allowing states to opt out of some of the law’s more draconian provisions by granting them waivers in exchange for a plan to improve student achievement . So far more than 40 states and the District of Columbia have applied and received the waivers. But three of them – Kansas, Oregon and Washington – are now being warned that they’re in danger of not getting waivers renewed for the 2014-15 academic year. In a letter to the education authorities in the three states, Deb Delisle, Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education, warns that the granted waivers have been placed on “high-risk status.” The waivers granted to Washington, Kansas and Oregon were conditional, meaning that the states needed to take additional steps to qualify for them. The article is from EducationNews.org.