Published Fri, Sep 23, 2011 7:51 am Dateline
Ohio is exploring how to take advantage of President Barack Obama's plan to let states opt out of parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
State schools Superintendent Stan Heffner says Ohio is reviewing details from the U.S. Department of Education.
The 2001 law sought to hold schools more accountable for student performance and require better qualified teachers. But it has grown increasingly unpopular as more schools risk being labeled failures.
Under the plan Obama is to outline today, states could ask to be exempted from some of the law's requirements if they meet certain conditions.
Heffner says in a statement that Ohio is "actively studying" whatever exemption options may be available as part of the state's efforts to make its education standards more rigorous.