President Obama Announces Changes to Bush-era Education Policy

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President Obama is effectively ending the controversial education law known as “No Child Left Behind”, and sidestepping Congress to do it.

States can request a waiver to opt out, if they create standards even stricter than the Bush-era law.

Critics argue “No Child Left Behind” pressured schools to focus on standardized test scores instead of preparing students for careers and college.

“We’re going to let states, schools and teachers come up with innovative ways to give our children the skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future,” President Obama said.