MN Freed From No Child Left Behind 10 Feb 12

Minnesota and 9 other states have been freed from the No Child Left Behind education law. Governor Dayton says the federal waiver will allow administrators, teachers and parents to work together in building a new system of accountability for Minnesota schools. President Obama says his decision to free the 10 states will give the flexibility they need to set high standards for students as well. The states are getting leeway in exchange for promises to improve the way schools teach and evaluate students. Obama says he’s acting because Congress failed to update the law, despite widespread agreement it needs to be fixed. The other states waived from the law include: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.