Thursday, September 22, 2011
States are getting new guidance from President Barack Obama about how they can get around provisions in the No Child Left Behind law. It's a step the administration has undertaken that effectively guts the Bush-era law since Congress had been slow to rewrite it.
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, but has revealed few specifics.
The law passed in 2001 with bipartisan support. A component of the law that says all students must be proficient in math and reading by 2014 has been hugely unpopular. Republicans say the plan shifts more power to the federal government and have questioned whether Duncan has the authority to offer such waivers.