10 states freed from some 'No Child Left Behind' rules
February 9th, 2012
08:45 AM ET
6 years ago

10 states freed from some 'No Child Left Behind' rules

(CNN) - Ten states are being granted waivers to free them from parts of the No Child Left Behind law, a White House official told CNN Thursday.

President Barack Obama will make the announcement Thursday, saying that the states "that have agreed to implement bold reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the most burdensome mandates of No Child Left Behind," the official said.


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  1. stevie

    Another one of Ted Kennedy`s lousy ideas we have had to suffer through...Government needs to get out of the states` education business.

    February 9, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. diridi

    that rule is Bush's stupid, idiotic Rule passed by an idiot, Bush. If you have guts, hold parents accountable, not teachers. Teachers are not baby-sitters. They teach just like they teach any one. O.k, Learn from India, and China. Universities are getting greedy, greedy and greedy. Stop that Greed. For an Engineering major or Nursing Major, why they need Social Studies, or History. To grab money from poor kids. Entire Education reform is needed in the nation. An educated speaking. OK.

    February 9, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. gt

    return to local control... close schools that dont do there jobs..fire teachers who dont teach ...expell unruley students who dont want to be there anyway....

    February 9, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Katie

    OBAMA 2012!

    February 9, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    It should have been simple. No child left behind? That should have meant that no child would graduate high school not being able to read. Every child would be given the full benefit of educational resources. If they fail a grade, then they stay in that grade. NO child should be left behind educationally - and that should have meant that each child would be given a good education no matter how many times they had to repeat a grade. No teacher would let a child go just to get them out of their class.

    Hold parents accountable. They want to pass the buck to the teachers.
    Put academics before sports.
    Hire good teachers! I had my share of really bad teachers and they always said the students were making it up. Believe me, kids know a good teacher when they see them.
    Pay teachers! Pay them well. These people do jobs that also involve raising our kids part time and they should be paid accordingly.
    Turn the educational system around. Make it work for the kids, make it work for the teachers.

    February 9, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good for Minnesota. Bush's No Child Left Behind was a complete disaster in Minnesota.

    February 9, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |

    CNN, the article fails to mention what rules the states are being allowed flexibility on. What's with the lazy reporting?


    February 9, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Taran

    @Lynda, Bush's No Child Left Behind was a complete disaster everywhere. Obama's SOTU address being at the 8th grade level is a perfect example. Back in the day, most things were written at least at the 10th grade level, now, well my son's text books did not impress me at all.

    February 9, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota


    Apparently you singled me out to voice a complaint against Obama? Not sure it matters (to me anyway) but glad I was available for you to do so...! Hope you feel better about yourself now for having gotten it off your chest.

    February 9, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Bessy

    @ stevie--Ted Kennedy ????
    Where have you been the past 11 years. This was G W Bush's idea and a failure from day 1. He always touted it as what was being done in Texas. Hmm ! I guess we now know what the problem is in that state.

    February 9, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Larry L


    "return to local control... close schools that dont do there jobs..fire teachers who dont teach ...expell unruley students who dont want to be there anyway...."
    Did local control provide your education? Try "their jobs" and "don't"... Bush's plan, like his entire Presidency, was a complete disaster. The quality of education still directly relates to the income and education levels of the community. The schools are no better than the parents. The profession of education limits individuals to low wages and poor benefits. Our most talented young people move toward other fields for a life of comfort, financial security, and personal satisfaction. The solution is politically unpopular and strongly opposed by the right-wing. Children from depressed areas require additional learning facilities, supplemental tutoring, and enhanced financial support for supplies nutrition, and health care. The things advantaged children get at home make the difference – language skills, academic supervision, nutritious foods, intellectual stimulation, and a healthy, secure environment. Simply blaming the schools and the teachers is a cop-out. The disparity in our society is the problem and the solutions require sacrifice at every level.

    February 9, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Taran

    @Lynda, Ummmm, I was not voicing a complaint. I was agreeing with you. Obama's SOTU was just the most publicized example I could think of to show how things need to be "dumbed down" for the public to understand it today compared to the past.

    February 9, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. sharee mcpherson

    Now kids in school have no voice or a superman,thanks for failing them its hard to go to ps schools and get no help so if you are under this law it sucks and you have to work twice as hard. So thanks

    February 9, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota


    Ummmm, whatever.

    February 9, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    But when is Obama going to free the children from what is REALLY damaging their education? The teachers unions. Oh yeah, they own Obama lock, stock and barrel.

    Let's face it. EVERYTHING the government and liberals touch turns to CRAP and collaspes over time. EVERYTHING. Look at ALL the bankrupt and failing government programs. And their "solution" is always throwing more money down the crapper to "fix" everything except the real problems.

    Wake up America! Liberals have destroyed your child's education system and turned it into yet another union controlled wasteland. Your child's education means NOTHING to them, it is NOT their priority.

    February 9, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Larry in Houston

    First of all, the dubya shouldn't have never started it – in the first place – it was a bad idea – it's been a failure ever since. Personally, I don't think the gov't should get involved in this. (yes, I'm a Democrat) I'm going to vote a straight Democrat ticket down here, since I'm in a Republican state, I guess that makes me feel like my Vote, at Least Counts. But, I've got a gut feeling that obama will end up getting defeated, come november, I really like him, but there's some things about a few of his policies that Just don't "Jive" with most of the people across this country. He should have fired Geithner / Holder / Just to name a few. That may hurt him, in November. I mean, he's allowing all these people in his administration to get by with a lot of peculiar "stuff"

    February 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |