WASHINGTON (AP) - 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
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.