The June 29th letter from the U.S. Department of Education came a day before the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The waiver request would shave about $143,000 from the state's budget for special education activities.
The Council for Exceptional Children sends Congress its suggestions.
While Congress is considering dropping "mental retardation" from official use, other states are making that move on their own.
Officials from some states and districts say they wouldn't mind a little more help from the U.S. Department of Education on spreading the word about promising practices.
The news story explores the balance at one school between teaching practical skills and basic academic concepts to students with serious intellectual disabilities.
The Department of Education rates states on how well they're meeting the goals of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
A synopsis on an important educational trend in less time than it takes cook a bag of microwave popcorn.
Could this mean more education cuts ahead?
West Virginia, in addition to South Carolina, has a waiver request pending.