Michigan loses out again in NCLB waiver request

Five more states are getting waivers to No Child Left Behind's mandate--Michigan isn't one of them. Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Virginia and Utah join 19 other states that won't have to meet the law's requirement that all students are proficient in math and reading by 2014.

Michigan's state Department of Education just recently submitted revisions to their application after the U.S. Department of Education raised issues with the low weight assigned to graduation rates and the intervention timeline for failing schools. However, they did approve Michigan's new MEAP standards to meet college and career readiness goals.

If the state's application is approved, the new goal is to have 85 percent of students proficient by 2014.