Obama to outline plan overriding education law

September 22, 2011 • National News, State News

WASHINGTON (AP) — States are about to get some guidance from President Barack Obama about how they can get around provisions in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law — a step the administration has undertaken to effectively gut the law since Congress had been slow to rewrite it.

In advance of Obama’s speech Friday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said states would be able to seek waivers around requirements in the law if they can meet certain requirements the White House favors. He has said the emphasis will be more on growth than actual test scores, but revealed few specifics on how the plan would work.

The No Child Left Behind passed in 2001 with widespread bipartisan support and much fanfare. It sought to hold schools more accountable for student performance and get better qualified teachers in Login to read more

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