Wash. will apply for waiver to US education law

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington education officials say they have decided to go ahead and request a waiver to the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The law expects every child in the nation to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014. If granted, the waiver would give Washington state more leeway in reaching the goals it set for itself.

Although Washington students are nearing the goal for reading, they are far from reaching their math goals.

Last week, President Barack Obama granted waivers to 10 of the 11 states that have applied so far. Many others, like Washington, were waiting to see the results of the first applications.