President Barack Obama made K-12 education a major component of his 2012 State of the Union Address — so much so that the topic garnered the most traffic on sites like Twitter. But this year, education advocates are expecting something entirely different, the Huffington Post reports. The White House mostly has been tight-lipped about its State of the Union plans, but to the extent that the administration is saying anything, they’re looking at Tuesday night’s speech as an opportunity to “bookend” their K-12 plans, sources say. Instead of focusing on the compulsive, public kindergarten through high school school system, advocates are expecting the president to offer more of a focus on early education, with a little bit of higher education thrown in. That might be because the Education Department is already in implementation mode on K-12. Obama campaigned in 2008 on rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act, the 2002 law that expired in 2007. Since Congress failed to revamp it, upon Obama’s urging, the administration offered states a way to sidestep the law’s punitive regulations: They could get waivers in exchange for agreeing to parts of Obama’s education reform agenda…

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