Minn. To Aim For Waiver To No Child Left Behind

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will resubmit its bid to get out of some federal No Child Left Behind requirements after President Barack Obama outlined a plan Friday to grant states waivers from the Bush-era education policy.

State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius told reporters on a conference call with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that the state will “tweak” a waiver application it originally submitted in August. Cassellius joined Obama and Duncan for Obama’s announcement in Washington.

The state has been seeking freedom from some testing requirements and sanctions tied to the federal law.

Cassellius says Minnesota has pursued policy changes that fit with Obama’s priorities, including new ways to evaluate teachers and principals.

Obama’s plan would let states ask the Education Department for exemptions from the law’s requirements if they meet certain conditions.

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