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Minn. schools exempt from No Child Left Behind

ST. CHARLES, Minn. (KTTC)--  It is big news for educators in Minnesota. Schools in the state will be exempted from an education law that has created controversy for years.

President Barack Obama announced he is granting a waiver for Minnesota schools from the "Bush-era" No Child Left Behind law.

Minnesota is one of 10 states to get the exemption.

St. Charles Superintendent, Mark Roubinek says the law helped to ensure standards, but the requirements were too restricting. Roubinek states, "Obviously we want good test scores, we want strong academics, but it's also about building positive attitudes, how to deal with challenges and failures in your life so that you can handle them appropriately and move ahead."

The move gives long-sought leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.

No Child Left Behind requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Obama's action strips away that requirement in exchange for a viable substitute plan.

That plan must include alternative strategies for improving the way schools teach and evaluate students.

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