Duncan: NCLB waivers are best alternative to reform

03/28/2012 | CNN

Some lawmakers in Congress questioned Wednesday whether President Barack Obama's administration has the authority to issue waivers to No Child Left Behind. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, however, defended the waivers, which -- so far -- have been awarded to 11 states. "Our children only get one shot at a world-class education and they cannot wait any longer for reform. And that's why we've offered states regulatory relief from (No Child Left Behind) in exchange for reforms that drive student achievement," he said.

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