Several States Quick to Opt for No Child waivers

Fifteen minutes after President Obama announced that he would offer waivers to the states exempting them from key requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy said he would take Obama up on the offer.

"As No Child Left Behind was drafted, I think there were some major mistakes made, and this is one way to clarify that," Malloy said of the president's offer , which allows states to opt out of several federal requirements - most notably, one requiring school districts to prove that all of their students are proficient in reading and math by 2014.

States are not entirely off the hook under the plan Obama introduced in a White House briefing on Friday (September 23). As Stateline explained, they will be required to institute three broad policy changes in order to qualify for waivers.

But the early indications from Connecticut and elsewhere suggested that many states - led by both Democrats and Republicans - are likely to jump at Obama's offer. Officials in New Mexico , Oregon and Wisconsin immediately announced that they would seek waivers, and Obama was joined for his announcement last week by Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. Officials in several other states, including Alabama and Missouri , said they were still deciding whether to seek waivers, but generally portrayed the federal government's offer as encouraging.


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