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House Passes No Child Left Behind Rewrite

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Posted at 8:22 PM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:12:01-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has narrowly passed a Republican-led rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. It would dramatically lessen the role the federal government plays in education policy for the nation's public schools.

The bill, sponsored by Minnesota Representative John Kline, has given states and local school districts more control over assessing the performance of schools, teachers and their students. It also prohibited the federal government from requiring or encouraging specific sets of academic standards, such as Common Core.

The Senate has been debating a similar bill.

The House action came five months after conservatives forced GOP leaders to pull the bill just before a scheduled vote. This time around, conservatives indicated they would support the legislation if they had the chance to offer amendments. 

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