President Exempts 10 States from No Child Left Behind Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says his decision to free 10 states from the No Child Left Behind education law will give the flexibility they need to set high standards for students and hold schools accountable.

Obama spoke Thursday at the White House. He says he's giving 10 states waivers from the strict and sweeping requirements. The states are getting leeway in exchange for promises to improve the way schools teach and evaluate students.

The president says states need to ensure that "every student should have the same opportunity to reach their potential."

Obama says he's acting because Congress failed to update the law, despite widespread agreement it needs to be fixed.

The 10 states are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    Maybe the 10 states he freed up the children are smarter than the other 40 states children. They cut education budget every year, it's a wonder we've not back rediscovering the wheel.
  • by Fair Deal?? on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    Why not relieve all 50 states of this responsibility? This seems that every action this government takes is a "Pick & Choose" type deal. The idea that everyone should be treated in honest and fair manner are gone from Washington D.C.!
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