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The Kansas City Public Schools is working in partnership with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to provide funding and support to schools in support improving academic achievement. To support this effort, DESE has received a voluntary waiver from the federal government to provide flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In exchange for this flexibility, the state must develop a rigorous and comprehensive plan designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.