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Children board a bus on the first day of classes after the holiday break, in Newtown, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Nearly three weeks after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, students and teachers from the school will return to class Thursday in the neighboring town of Monroe. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
The school board in Newtown, 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 on 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 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 said she contacted state education officials to inquire about a possible waiver, based on requests from the teachers' union. State officials told her they could forward a waiver request to federal officials, she said.