Tom Luna's office announced late today that Idaho's superintendent of public instruction will be joining President Barack Obama Friday for a White House announcement on the No Child Left Behind law.
Obama is expected to unveil a new process to give states more flexibility under the controversial measure. Under the current law, states can only gauge school success based on proficiency. On Friday, the president is expected to announce a new way for states, like Idaho, to apply for waivers but still comply with the federal mandate.
Luna will be at the White House early Friday as Obama and the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announce the new waiver system.
Idaho schools' chief Tom Luna has negotiated a 90-day extension to the state's contract with Plato Learning, a Minnesota-based online and computerized education company that provides remediation services to many IDaho students who fail Idaho's graduation tests.