Maine is the latest state to win flexibility from many of the more-onerous requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act under a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.
So who’s left? Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas—all states with sizable student populations—have pending applications. Pennsylvania, however, is so confident it is getting a waiver that it has told districts it’s okay to stop paying for transportation for students in persistently low-performing schools who want to attend another school. (This was one of the sanctions that states wanted flexibility to get rid of.)
As for the status of other states: Wyoming has decided to wait at least a year before submitting another application, while Iowa and California have pretty much had their applications rejected. North Dakota and Vermont also have withdrawn their requests. Two states have never applied: Montana and Nebraska.