Mr. Ed

Obama plans to overhaul ‘No Child Left Behind’

President Obama announced Saturday he will be sending to Congress a new education initiative designed to better prepare high school graduates for college and a professional career.

The proposal, addressing the needs of the elementary and secondary education systems, will overhaul the so-called "No Child Left Behind" Act, an education reform adopted under former president George W. Bush.

In his weekly radio address, Obama said his administration will be submitting to Congress a blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act on Monday.

"What this plan recognizes is that while the federal government can play a leading role in encouraging the reforms and high standards we need, the impetus for that change will come from states, and from local schools and school districts," the president said. "So, yes, we set a high bar - but we also provide educators the flexibility to reach it."

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