Missouri education commissioner attends Obama's speech

Friday, September 23, 2011 | 7:48 a.m. CDT; updated 12:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 23, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro was at the White House when President Barack Obama announced planned education policy changes.

Obama announced Friday that states will be allowed to seek federal exemption from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. States would have to meet conditions such as establishing standards for college preparation and making teachers and administrators more accountable.

Nicastro was among 22 state education leaders and others invited to the White House for the announcement.

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