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The North Carolina State Board of Education plans at committee and board meetings next week to discuss asking for waivers of North Carolina schools from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

While in Asheville on Aug. 18, Gov. Bev Perdue said North Carolina would join others in asking the federal government to waive the proficiency requirements for its public schools — 56 percent of which in Western North Carolina and 72.3 percent of which statewide did not make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2010-2011 under the law’s grading system.

Because Congress has not passed a bill to reform No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration says it will grant qualifying states waivers to the law’s requirements.

Carolina Public Press recently published a comprehensive analysis of the 2010-2011 Adequate Yearly Progress reports for every public school in the 17 westernmost counties of North Carolina.

To attend in person, or virtually

The State Board of Education committees and full board will meet Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, respectively. Committee meetings begin at 10:15 a.m., Aug. 31. The full board meeting begins at 9 a.m., Sept. 1. The State Board of Education meets in 7th-floor boardroom of the Education Building at 301 N. Wilmington St. in Raleigh.

To follow committee and full board meetings virtually, listen to an audio stream of the meetings in real time via the Internet.

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Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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  1. First, there needs to be an audit of whether or not NC schools have engaged in cheating before they abandon the no child left behind effort.