Obama: New rules to pave way for better education
September 24th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama: New rules to pave way for better education

Washington (CNN) – Following new federal rules that give more flexibility in meeting No Child Left Behind requirements, President Barack Obama said states can now better educate their children.

“This will make a huge difference in the lives of students all across the country,” Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.

Obama announced Friday that states could opt out of certain demands imposed by the decade-old No Child Left Behind law in return for credible commitments to close lingering achievement gaps.

“While the goals behind No Child Left Behind were admirable, experience has taught us that the law has some serious flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping them,” Obama said, adding that teachers were being forced to teach to a test, squeezing out subjects like history and science.

The 2001 law requires public school to meet specific goals of enhanced reading and math levels by 2014 or face strict penalties.

But without waivers, the Department of Education predicted that up to 82 percent of the nation’s schools might miss that target.

The reformed rules announced Friday waive certain requirements for struggling schools, allowing them, instead, to enact accountability standards, such as teacher evaluations based on a number of factors other than just student performance.

“It is time to raise our standards, up our game, and do everything it takes to prepare our children succeed in the global economy,” Obama said. “Now is the time to once again make our education system the envy of the world.”

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  1. Ron

    During the Cold War we had an enemy who we felt we had to stay ahead of or else we'd lose our country/freedom. In today's "globalized" economy, we are afraid to identify our economic enemies because it will hurt business. We need to get back to campaigning about the threats to our country if we are not the best at math and science...and we cannot be the best in those areas because our children cannot read/comprehend. The Chinese (and other countries) are giving us all the rope we need to hang ourselves. And, we're doing it by dumbing down our society to get cheaper labor in America.

    September 24, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  2. Clwyd

    Teaching for a test is not improving education. bush should have known that considering his C- average GP in college!

    September 24, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The Federal government is totally incapable of doing anything meaningful about education, so they should just get out of the way.

    September 24, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. Ibrahim

    A well educated and inteligent america will mean the demise of the republican party since they are a magnet to the most ignorant and the undereducated and the racists !!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. demogal

    Thank you, Mr. President, on behalf of my former co-workers who still work in public education.

    September 24, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Just a thought

    Oh no!!!!!...this will really irritate the GOP/Tea Pee Pants party, because they hate everything about education. These people prefer dumb and academic under-achievement. For them the more stupidity the better. Want Proof:??? Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and the list goes on and on. Idiocy loves company in the Republican party.

    September 24, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |