Alaska taking steps for 'No Child Left Behind' waiver

The state of Alaska plans to take the steps needed to seek a waiver from provisions of the federal education law No Child Left Behind.

State Education Commissioner Michael Hanley says the decision boiled down to either seeking a waiver or ``riding out'' No Child Left Behind, which he says would result in more and more schools being labeled as failing because they would not meet the soon-to-be rising bar for measuring annual progress.

He says he doesn't expect any changes to the law before the November presidential election and he said it even could be another year or more beyond that.

In the meantime, he says Alaska is taking the steps necessary to file a formal request for waiver to qualify for the next round for applications, in September.