Obama Changes ‘No Child’ Law

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(Wall Street Journal) — President Barack Obama is set to replace key planks of former President George W. Bush’s signature No Child Left Behind education law, allowing many schools to escape looming punishment if their states adopt a new set of standards.  Under the new system, which Mr. Obama plans to announce Friday, states would qualify for a waiver from existing rules by requiring, among other things, that evaluations of teachers and principals be linked to the results of student tests and other measures of performance.  “Our administration will provide flexibility from the law in exchange for a real commitment to undertake change,” Mr. Obama said Thursday in a statement.

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