Could No Child Left Behind be history?
President Obama tours a graphic design classroom during a visit to the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month. Friday, the president will outline new guidelines for schools that want to opt out of the controversial No Child Left Behind law.
September 22nd, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Could No Child Left Behind be history?

Ten years after the Bush administration’s landmark attempt to revamp the nation's education system with the No Child Left Behind law, President Obama is poised to allow states to opt out of the heavily criticized guidelines.

Friday, President Obama will announce that his administration will begin reviewing states' applications to waive the No Child Left Behind requirements in return for tangible commitments to close achievement gaps.

The law, which passed with broad bipartisan support in 2001, required public schools to meet targets aimed at making all students proficient in reading and math by 2014 or face stiff penalties.  As that deadline looms, the Department of Education has predicted up to 82% of the nation's schools could miss the target and face those penalties including the possibility of losing federal education dollars.

"Today the law is hurting children by denying the children most at risk the resources they really need," a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call Thursday. FULL POST

September 22nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Da Bears are coming to the White House

A White House official confirms that the 1985 Chicago Bears who won the Superbowl, but were unable to visit the WH because of the Challenger explosion have 26 years later been invited by President Obama to visit on October 7th. (read more here)

Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
Picture of the week: Pick me!
President Obama inadvertently covers the face of the Mongolian President during a UN photo opportunity in New York this week.
September 22nd, 2011
03:30 PM ET
Morning Briefing: Georgia execution, government shutdown, and Palestinian statehood
September 22nd, 2011
08:48 AM ET

Morning Briefing: Georgia execution, government shutdown, and Palestinian statehood

Despite a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court and a protest outside the White House yesterday, Troy Davis was executed last night for killing an off-duty police officer in Savannah, Georgia. Until the end Davis maintained his innocence, and his final words included a plea to the victim’s family that he was not the murderer.

CNN Wires has a great wrap up of the national debate around the Davis case here. [CNN Wire]

Back in Washington, we all thought the threat of a government shutdown had passed with last year’s tax cut compromise and this summer’s debt ceiling increase. But it looks like a shutdown might be looming large once again, as the House of Representatives rejected a bill to fund the government yesterday despite the support of Republican leadership.

House rejects government funding bill as shutdown looms [Chicago Tribune]

Here are some other stories the White House may be reading:

Newsmaker: Abbas presses Palestinian case with new defiance [Reuters]

U.S., China, Germany slumps hammer stocks [Reuters]

Netanyahu, Lieberman praise Obama’s U.N. speech, but Palestinians pan it [JTA]

Poll: Rick Perry surges as Obama’s approval ratings nose-dive [Miami Herald]

Mitt Romney Has Some Down-to-Earth Tastes, He’d Like You to Know [New York Times]

Mixed impact on consumers from Fed's 'Twist' [Forbes]

President Obama's day ahead: A bridge over troubled waters
President Obama will visit Cinncinati today to make a speeck about the need to update America's infrustructure - including the Brent Spence Bridge that spans the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky. (Rachel Streitfeld/CNN)
September 22nd, 2011
07:53 AM ET

President Obama's day ahead: A bridge over troubled waters

Good morning from the White House. This morning President Obama receives the daily briefing and then meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office. At 12:30, the president will take off from the South Lawn and travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for a speech on the need for infrastructure spending at the foot of the Brent Spence Bridge – one of the most highly trafficked spans between Ohio and Kentucky. Coincidentally – or not – those two states are the homes of the top Republican leaders in Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

There is no press briefing today, but Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One.

Here’s the whole schedule:

10:00AM         THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing – Oval Office (Closed Press)

10:30AM        THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors – Oval Office (Closed Press)

12:30PM         THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews – South Lawn (Open Press)

12:45PM          THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Cincinnati, Ohio (Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage)

2:05PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives Cincinnati, Ohio – Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (Open Press)

2:30PM           THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on the American Jobs Act – Hilltop Basic Resources (Open Press)

3:50PM           THE PRESIDENT departs Cincinnati, Ohio en route Joint Base Andrews – Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (Open Press)

5:10PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews (Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage)

5:25PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House – South Lawn (Open Press)

Topics: Daily Schedule