Florida will seek No Child Left Behind waiver

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP)  Florida will be among the states seeking to opt out of No Child Left Behind requirements for public schools.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Cheryl Etters said the state will seek a waiver.

President Barack Obama announced the waiver program Friday.

Tom Butler, another department spokesman, said the waiver would "better align state and federal accountability requirements so parents and the public can more easily understand how our schools are doing."

Florida had its own A-to-F school grading system before the federal law was passed.

The state grades are based largely on how much students improve on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT.

Most Florida schools get grades of A and B, yet a majority still fail to meet the more complex No Child Left Behind standards.