Education Commissioner to join Obama at White House Friday

From MPR’s Tom Weber

When President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Friday morning about the federal No Child Left Behind law, Minnesota’s Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will be in attendance.

The president plans to speak about “the need to provide states with relief from key provisions of No Child Left Behind,” according to the U.S. Department of Education. His comments will raise the profile of last month’s announcement by Education Secretary Arne Duncan that he would grant waivers to states seeking to drop some of the law’s provisions.

Cassellius submitted Minnesota’s waiver request just days after that announcement.

Other education chiefs from around the country also will be in attendance for Obama’s remarks, according to an advisory from the state education department.

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