Official: 10 States To Get No Child Left Behind Waiver

The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. The move gives long-sought leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.

A White House official says the states are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The official says the only state that applied for but was denied the flexibility is New Mexico, which is working to get approval. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the states had not been announced.

The law requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Obama's action strips away that requirement in exchange for a viable substitute plan.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    Maybe we can outsource education? We seem to be trying to get education to fit molds that are meant for the business world. It sure is working out great for us isn't it. I think these folks forget that these are children and that you can't fire them like you can an employee. Every time one of these stories the same people put the same anti-education/teacher comments up here. People correct them and they continue to post the same ole same. The people who are on the front lines of this have been telling people for years how broken this system is and have been labeled as whining liberals. Now that the system is obviously failing they are the ones that get blamed. Volunteer some time at your local school or just observe young people when you see them in public. Things just are not the same as when many of you were in school. You relate the current education system to how it was 10,20,30, etc. years ago. Most teachers want your children to succeed and they definitely want them to be educated. Most of them do the best they can by the kids the meet everyday, can you say the same? P.S. stop texting your kids when they are at school , cause every time I tell one to put their phone up they swear it is you texting them. Try to instill in them that education is important and a group effort not just their teacher's.
  • by 44mag. on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    "What this state" isn't on the LIST!!!Shame on our corrupt,lying politicans and to think they can't even keep(one)promise...
  • by One more thing Location: enc on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    Another Bush mess Obama is having to deal with.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 02:52 PM
    As a teacher, the statement "heaven forbid we should make our teachers accountable for doing their jobs" is exceptionally offensive. I lament, DAILY, that despite hours spent on lesson plans, all of my energy spent on engaging students (leaving little for my own children at home), and ongoing creativity expended always trying to do more with less, "student achievement" is a joke. Teaching to the test, decreasing rigor and expectations, a "pass them along" approach -- teachers have complained about that for years. If you wish to criticize, look to your administrators, your state Department of Education and your federal Department of Education -- I wish they were held accountable for the ridiculous decisions and priorities they develop. I'm a LIBERAL. But please ask yourself, who benefits from an uneducated public? It's not Democrats.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:38 PM in reply to
      With all due respect, that was a terrific response. I agree with everything you said.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:39 PM
    How about the federal government just gets OUT of our children's education all together and gives it back to the states where it belongs? Heaven forbid the feds let us take care of ourselves, the liberals will never allow it!
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      by To anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:15 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Take that complaint to the racists who fought desegregation and are still trying to enforce Jim Crow!
  • by Left Behind on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    Some one has to be left behind to farm the crops and flip my burgers!
  • by rentte Location: utah on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    Let us count the ways that our president is buying votes for his re-election. Now the teachers union has whined because their members are required to keep a standard. Heaven forbid that we should make our teachers accountable for doing their jobs. This is not the first step in the dumbing down of America but it certainly is another step. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for allowing our government to support stupidity. Why did these states apply for a waiver to begin with? Come on now the standard was set that students must be proficient in reading and math by the year 2014, I would have thought that was a given in any school system. And now we have even lower standards? Teachers, Parents and students of America where has your pride gone?
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      by To rentte on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to rentte
      Trace the cause and effect! NCLB-lower achievement! Guess who put that rediculous program into our schools? Is was NOT Obama! "Dumbing down" our students would only give the GOP another arguement for vouchers-as we have seen, they don't care who it hurts to get their way! Who started NCLB?
  • by James B Location: Washington on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    Great news, now all the dumb kids can get an A. Dumbing down the rest of the kids. Lets all be fair now.
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      by Here on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM in reply to James B
      That's what we've doing since 1965.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    So in short....the constant dem rhetoric about "it is for the children" only applies if it does not interfere with incompetent union teachers.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:44 AM in reply to Dave
      Let me know where I can sign up for this union you speak of. NC does not have a union for teachers but you already know that.
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        by Dave on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:01 PM in reply to
        North Carolina did not get a waiver.
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          by LOL on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to Dave
          I bet anonymous is eating his/her words now. Love it!!
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          by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:36 PM in reply to Dave
          Don't want one. Just want to be judged on what I do, not what someone else won't do. Broken system not broken teachers. Broke teachers but not broken. How are those schools in Wilson?
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      by Russ on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:52 PM in reply to Dave
      No the problem is most of the people reproducing shouldn't be allowed to reproduce.
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    Reading: Ebonics and Spanish don't count. That rules out NC & SC too. And don get me started on math testing...
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