Changes Proposed To No Child Left Behind Law

By Scott Sarvay

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - President Obama says reforming the "No Child Left Behind" education law is a top domestic priority.

He praised the law's raising of standards for students and teachers and measuring achievement.

But the President says teachers need to be more fairly evaluated and paid, but without making "excuses" for poor teaching.

President Obama says, "What we need to do is a better job supporting and preparing our teachers. Measuring their success in the classroom and holding them accountable. We have to stop making excuses for the occasional bad teacher. We're going to have to start paying good ones like the professionals that they are."

The President says he's encouraged by Republican and Democratic agreement on many of his education reform goals.

He hopes to have new legislation passed before the next school year begins.

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