President Obama on Friday announced that states could apply for waivers on the provision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that requires school proficiency in math and reading by 2014, a step that quickly drew GOP criticism.
"Experience has taught us that No Child Left Behind had some flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping them," Obama said at the White House on Friday.
"Congress has not been able to fix these flaws so far. I've urged Congress for a while now, let's get a bipartisan effort, let's fix this. Congress hasn't been able to do it."