February 9 | The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday declared that 10 states are free from the No Child Left Behind law, allowing them to scrap some of the most rigorous and unpopular mandates in American education. In exchange, the states are promising higher standards and more creative ways to measure what students are learning.

"We can combine greater freedom with greater accountability," Obama said from the White House. Plenty more states are bound to take up him up on the offer.

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