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Gov. Jerry Brown meets with White House officials for waivers on education, health care

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Gov. Jerry Brown stands away from other Democratic governors at the White House.

Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democratic governors from around the country met this morning with President Barack Obama. The governor says he wants less government regulation from the feds.

Brown wants more flexibility on two of the biggest money issues for California: health care for the poor and education. He says, "We need some waivers from the federal government to make my job more efficient and effective in California."

Brown met with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to talk about relief from some of the requirements of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. The federal government has granted a waiver to 10 states, but California didn’t apply, concerned it couldn’t afford the more than $2 billion required to make enough reforms to earn the waiver.

Under No Child, failing schools could face mass transfers of students, conversion to charters or a state takeover. Brown says he’s “optimistic” he can work out a compromise with Washington on both No Child Left Behind and Medi-Cal requirements.

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