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Fixing the No Child Left Behind law: How the House and Senate plans differ

Fixing the No Child Left Behind law: How the House and Senate plans differ

Both the House and Senate have passed fixes to the No Child Left Behind law, the signature educational achievement of the George W. Bush administration, which requires schools to meet strict testing requirements. But as the chambers try to agree on a solution, lawmakers remain sharply divided over key issues. The House bill, which would curtail federal standards and permit states to impose their own curricula, did not garner a single Democratic vote, and President Obama has threatened to veto it. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, emphasized the need to end the current policy "where Washington's priorities have outweighed...

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