President Obama Announces No Child Left Behind Changes
MISSOURI - President Obama announced a major change to the no child left behind law Friday morning.
The law now allows states to request to be exempted from some of the law's requirements as long as they meet certain criteria.
The President said, "Experience has taught us that in its implementation, No Child Left Behind had some serious flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping them."
Obama also said, "Despite the good intentions of some, two of them are sitting right here, Tom and George, Congress has not been able to fix flaws so far. I've urged Congress for a while now to get a bipartisan effort and let's fix this. Congress hasn't been able to do it, so I will."
The Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro was in Washington, DC Friday to learn details about the changes from President Obama and federal education officials.
Any state wishing to apply for a waiver to be exempt can.
Missouri has not made a decision yet on whether or not the state will apply.
"It is too early to say whether the state of Missouri will apply. We remain absolutely committed to accountability, but we believe the outdated No Child Left Behind accountability system is broken. The need to fix it is urgent," said Nicastro.
Columbia Public Schools says the announcement doesn't mean any changes until the state makes a decision, but it does hope the state applies for a waiver.