(As submitted to the Committee. The Secretary deviated from these remarks.)
"I appreciate the efforts of Senators Harkin and Enzi to build into the reauthorization bill more flexibility for states and districts while maintaining accountability at every level. I believe, however, that a comprehensive evaluation system based on multiple measures, including student achievement, is essential for education reform to move forward.
WASHINGTON – On Friday, September 23, the President will deliver remarks at the White House on the need to provide states with relief from key provisions of No Child Left Behind.
More details, including media credentialing information, will be released as they become available.
Obama Administration Plans NCLB 'Flexibility' Package Tied to Reform If Congress Does Not Act Soon on Reauthorization
The Obama Administration plans to provide regulatory flexibility around No Child Left Behind (NCLB) if Congress does not complete work on a reauthorization bill prior to the August recess, in order to help support reform efforts underway at the state and local level.