No Child Waivers Granted
Ten states exempted from strict "No Child Left Behind" requirements.
More than a decade after President Bush signed his No Child Left Behind law into effect, President Obama on Thursday granted an opt-out request to several states, a move the White House says is in the best interest for American students.
"It's about our classrooms and our children, and what's happening to them and how they can perform," President Obama explained.
President Obama granted a waiver to ten states releasing them from the strict requirements of the current law, but still forcing them to show a viable plan for improving education.
"If you're willing to set higher, more honest standards than the ones set by No Child Left Behind, then we're going to give you the flexibility to meet those standards," Mr. Obama said.
With what critics call "unrealistic deadlines" looming, at least 29 other states are considering waiver requests, a move many educators and lawmakers say is the only way to reach everyone's goal of stronger students and better schools.
The shift can't help but point out it's own glaring failure, that the United States is nowhere close to the original intent of no child left behind...raising kids to grade level in the core subjects of reading and math.
President Obama insists his changes don't alter that goal.
"This is not one year project, this isn't a two year project. This is going to take some time, but we can get it done," he said.