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Ten states are excused from No Child Left Behind

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Ten states are being excused from the No Child Left Behind education law. On Thursday, President Obama granted waiver releasing Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee from the strict requirements of the current law.

Mr. Obama says the law has the right goals, but is flawed in its application. After Congress didn't take steps to update the law, President Obama says his administration took steps to reform it.

Mr. Obama says his reform has gotten almost every state to raise its standards for teaching and learning.

Iowa Education Director Jason Glass says lawmakers will have to generate impotents to students tests, growth measures, and teacher evaluations to have the state's waiver approved.

"If we can get some movement on those things out of the legislature this session it will position Iowa very well in that waiver process," said Glass.

Iowa will submit its waiver from No Child Left Behind on February 21st.

 

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