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President won't wait for Congress on No Child Left Behind

By John Published: September 22, 2011

AP is reporting that President Barack Obama will speak Friday about how the administration will sidestep No Child Left Behind, the name given to the 2001 reauthorization of the education law. Congress was supposed to re-authorize or re-write the law four years ago. Schools are supposed to achieve 100 percent proficiency on standardized tests for math and reading for all students by the 2013-2014 school year, but most schools aren't on track to do that.

States are about to get some guidance from President Barack Obama about how they can get around provisions in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law a step the administration has undertaken to effectively gut the law since Congress had been slow to rewrite it.

In advance of Obama's speech Friday, 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. He has said the emphasis will be more on growth than actual test scores, but revealed few specifics on how the plan would work.

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