WA still making up its mind on federal ed waivers

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state education officials haven't really decided yet if the state will apply for a waiver to the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.

They sent an email Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education saying they're still deciding whether to join the majority of states taking President Barack Obama up on his offer for temporary relief from the law.

The email says Washington state is still investigating its options.

Department spokesman Nate Olson says the key is figuring out if Washington would meet the federal requirements for a waiver and whether the Legislature needs to take some action first.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Randy Dorn says what Washington and other states really need is for Congress to come up with a better education law to replace No Child Left Behind.