Education bill faces GOP revolt

From Politico, here. An excerpt:

The debate over the landmark No Child Left Behind bill hits the House and Senate floor Wednesday — new legislation designed to curb federal influence, adjust how much students are tested and reimagine how those test scores are used, though the respective bills don’t take the same approach to addressing those issues.

But unlike in 2001, when House Speaker John Boehner, President George W. Bush and the late Ted Kennedy forged an alliance to pass a historic education bill, Republicans and Democrats are far from united over the best way for the federal government to oversee school systems. And the House divide threatens to undermine Boehner’s credibility with the right once again.

House leaders are armed with new amendments designed to lure support from the moderate and the conservative wings of the party for a long overdue rewrite of the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.

But the situation remains precarious, jeopardizing Congress’ first real attempt to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law, which ushered in an era of wide-scale testing and rating schools based on the results. The jockeying in the House is a huge departure from past Congresses, when the chamber easily passed its own partisan update to the law more than once.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/house-gop-education-bill-votes-119839.html#ixzz3fJWs6Be8

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