Waivers Planned For No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON (AP) - Another school year is about to begin and state officials have told Education Secretary Arne Duncan they can't keep waiting for relief from the mandates of the
No Child Left Behind law.

So, Duncan Monday will announce a new waiver system to give schools across the country a break, with more specifics to come next month. Duncan warns that more than 80 percent of all U.S. schools could be labeled failures next year if No Child Left Behind is not changed.

But Congressional Republicans are leery of the move, saying they worry that it could undermine a House committee's effort to reauthorize the law.

The waivers will be offered to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements and come at the request of President Barack Obama.