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OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Department of Education reinstated Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver, meaning the state will regain control of up to $30 million in federal funding.

This comes after Oklahoma did away with Common Core standards.

Oklahoma’s application for a waiver was denied because leaders did not have state standards that were career or college-ready.

The waiver is important because it gives school districts flexibility in how they spend federal dollars.

A lot of folks were worried that new federal regulations this year would affect the quality of students’ education, but now the waiver is back in effect immediately.

Superintendent Janet Barresi said getting the waiver reinstated is key because it allows districts to spend federal money where they actually need it.

“If the districts wants to be able to hire certain individuals to assist with reading or mathematics, they now have the flexibility to do that.

They don`t have to go through a lengthy process to make sure it fits within each requirement,” Barresi said.

The decision comes after the state sent in documents showing the State Regents for Higher Education approved our standards for math and English.

“As we were able to show them the work we were doing in school turnarounds and title 1 work, they were very impressed with it, and they were confident in the reforms, complimentary about all of the work we`re doing,” Barresi said.

Governor Fallin released a statement this afternoon praising the decision because it’ll put more money in the classroom.

The waiver is only good for this school year.

Oklahoma will have to apply again in 2015.