ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Education intends to be among the first group of states to apply for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

Department spokeswoman Charlene Briner says the department intends to send the request to the U.S. Department of Education late Monday. The details will be posted online by Tuesday morning.

Minnesota would be among the states to apply for the waiver by the first of two deadlines set by the U.S. Department of Education. The first is Monday and the second is in February.

If approved, fewer Minnesota schools would be labeled as failures under the federal definitions while other schools would face fewer sanctions.

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