Indiana gets "No Child Left Behind" waiver

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The state is getting a one-year extension on its waiver from the Federal No Child Left Behind law.

The state first had to address concerns over how it monitored low performing schools and evaluated teachers and principals.

Indiana was told in April that its waiver, initially granted in 2012, was in jeopardy but federal officials announced the extension Thursday.

Eyewitness News asked Superintendent Glenda Ritz what this actually means for children in the classroom.

"It allows schools to utilize part of this Title 1 dollars to implant institutional services for students. So we are talking remediation. We are talking intervention and instructional coaches. We are talking personnel that will actively assist children on a one to one basis. We are talking the flexibility to be able to do that," said Ritz.

The initial waiver was submitted by for Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and then revised by current Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Ritz said the decision validates the work of educators and students.

Indiana was one of 10 states to receive a waiver from the law in 2012.