Obama's education law overhaul to focus on college

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has unveiled its plan to radically change the No Child Left Behind law. The changes would dismantle the 2002 law championed by President George W. Bush.

The overhaul calls for moving away from punishing schools that don't meet benchmarks and would instead focus on rewarding schools for progress, particularly with poor and minority students.

The blueprint calls for states to adopt standards that ensure students are ready for college or a career, rather than grade-level proficiency - the focus of the current law. The plan also would allow states to use subjects other than reading and mathematics as part of their measurements for meeting federal goals.

The blueprint goes before the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday as President Barack Obama pushes Congress to reauthorize the education law this year.

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