Wash. reviews new federal education options



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington officials are reviewing the details of President Barack Obama’s declaration that states can opt-out of stringent federal school rules.

A spokesman for the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction said Friday that the agency has not decided whether to seek a waiver. Nathan Olson said officials would prefer to see Congress simply rewrite the law entirely.

The No Child Left Behind law was designed to improve education by setting lofty goals, but state officials have long complained about what they see as onerous standards. Obama says the law was forcing educators to teach to the test and give less attention to subjects such as history and science.