Newtown school officials seek waiver to testing

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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, mourners arrive in a school bus at Newtown High School for a memorial vigil attended by President Barack Obama for the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into the elementary school Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, mourners arrive in a school bus at Newtown High School for a memorial vigil attended by President Barack Obama for the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into the elementary school Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The school board in the Connecticut town where 20 elementary school students and six educators were killed last month is seeking an unprecedented waiver allowing the district to skip standardized testing for children in grades three through eight.

The Newtown Board of Education voted Wednesday night to seek a federal waiver for the Connecticut Mastery Tests, which are scheduled to be administered in the spring.

The News-Times of Danbury reports (http://bit.ly/WqBTWY ) that board members decided the trauma suffered by students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School warranted the one-time waiver request.

Board Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein says she contacted state education officials to inquire about a possible waiver, based on requests from the teachers' union. She says state officials told her they could forward a waiver request to federal officials.

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Information from: The News-Times, http://www.newstimes.com

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