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Kyle Stokes

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What Obama’s ‘No Child’ Waivers Say About The State Of The Union

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President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in September, rolling out a plan to waive key provisions of No Child Left Behind for states that apply.

When President Obama announced a plan in September to allow states to apply for waivers from key requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, he took a shot at Congress.

“I’ve urged Congress for a while now — let’s get a bipartisan effort, let’s fix it [NCLB]. Congress hasn’t been able to do it, so I will,” the President said.

It’s a line President Obama could easily use in a re-election campaign should he choose to run based on what lawmakers didn’t do during his tenure.

If he does go down that path, the administration’s waiver plan — in the face of Congress’ stalled re-writes of the unpopular No Child Left Behind law — would be a logical talking point for the President’s election-year State of the Union address Tuesday night.

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