(09/24/2011)
By Davin White
wvgazette.com

Charleston, W.Va. - As Roane County Schools Superintendent Mickey Blackwell was shaking hands with President Obama in the East Room of the White House on Friday, he felt his phone buzz in his jacket.

At least the president couldn't hear it ring.

"Like we tell everybody in class: Make sure the ringer is turned off," Blackwell said with a laugh.

Blackwell attended a morning conference at the White House, where Obama announced that teachers and educators would have new "flexibility" to improve student learning. States can apply for waivers that would excuse them from some provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, which has guided U.S. public schools over the past decade ...

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