Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Tuesday that he has approved waivers for eight more states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island.
The Obama administration is granting waivers in exchange for promises from states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. In all, 19 states have been given waivers so far.
Officials say 26 states and Washington, D.C., applied for flexibility. The remaining applicants can still receive waivers.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah is seeking "state solutions for state problems."
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