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Colorado’s Education Commissioner In Washington For Obama’s Announcement

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President Obama on Friday (credit: CBS)

President Obama on Friday (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – President Obama is pushing a plan to let states do away with part of the no child left behind education law.

Colorado’s education commissioner, Robert Hammond, and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia were in Washington Friday for the president’s announcement. The president says the Bush Administration law was well intentioned, but has many flaws.

Under Obama’s proposed plan states will be allowed to scrap the requirement that all children must show they are proficient in reading and math by 2014 if they meet other conditions. It would also exempt requirements such as setting evaluation standards for teachers and principals.

Some Republicans say the Obama plan undermines the policy making authority of Congress.

Hammond says the move will strengthen state and local accountability. Critics have said it places too much emphasis on standardized tests.

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