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West Virginia's ESEA flexibility to continue
By Brittany Murray, The Exponent Telegram 

CLARKSBURG — The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) granted West Virginia and seven other states multiple years of continued flexibility from the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

“It’s just more of a move that USDE is moving away from those outdated guidelines and allowing us more flexibility at the state level,” Harrison County Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin said.

The ESEA, also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is a set of nearly 12-year-old guidelines that West Virginia was granted free from about four years ago, Manchin said.

“They allow us not to comply with those provisions and have more flexibility,” he said.

Other states granted flexibility are Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York and the District of Columbia.