John Kline

Obama willing to waive education targets

President Barack Obama is prepared to offer states that have embraced his administration's key education reform initiatives — including Maryland — a break from the most rigid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, senior officials said Thursday.

Officials said the president will announce the sweeping changes Friday, allowing states to seek a waiver from elements of the Bush administration's signature education law if they agree to three key reforms, all of which Maryland has adopted. The waivers would take effect next year.

"I think we as a state are positioned very well," said Bernard J. Sadusky, Maryland's interim superintendent of schools. He said he...