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Obama’s NCLB Waivers: Are they necessary or illegal?

President Obama sparked much debate in Washington with his plan to grant states waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), conditional on their willingness to embrace certain reform proposals. State leaders have cheered the president’s decision to offer them much-needed relief from onerous requirements. Key Republican leaders have blasted the move as overstepping executive authority. Is the president right to issue conditional waivers? Are the conditions themselves a good idea? In this forum, Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham weigh in.