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I don't have a lot of time today, but I wanted to point you toward an important national story about changes President Obama is making to the No Child Left Behind Act.

The LA Times reports: "President Obama this morning unveiled major changes in the way public schools are evaluated, scrapping an essential element of President George W. Bush’s signature education program in favor of letting states come up with their own plans."

The plan essentially involves allowing states to apply for waivers that would grant them some relief from what would have been 80 percent of schools with a failed rating this year, under the old system.

The NY Times reports: "The administration would replace the law’s pass-fail school grading system with one that would measure individual students’ academic growth and judge schools based not on test scores alone but also on indicators like pupil attendance, graduation rates and learning climate. And while the proposal calls for more vigorous interventions in failing schools, it would also reward top performers and lessen federal interference in tens of thousands of reasonably well-run schools in the middle."

What do you think of giving states more leeway in the hopes of developing successful education systems?

What sorts of questions do you have about how this change will affect your local school?