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.

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House Committee on Education and the Workforce to Mark Up the Student Success Act

Committee to Mark Up the Student Success Act
 H.R. 5 will replace No Child Left Behind and improve K-12 education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m., the House Committee  on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will mark up the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). The markup will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
There is broad, bipartisan agreement the current elementary and secondary education law, known as No Child Left Behind, is no longer meeting the needs of all students. One of five students do not receive a high school diploma and, of those who do, too few have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in post-secondary education and compete in the workforce.
To replace No Child Left Behind and improve education, Chairman Kline and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the Student Success Act. The legislation will reduce the federal footprint and restore local control, while empowering parents and education leaders to hold schools accountable for effectively teaching students.


•    Replaces the current national accountability scheme based on high stakes tests with state-led accountability systems, returning responsibility for measuring student and school performance to states and school districts.

•    Ensures parents continue to have the information they need to hold local schools accountable.

•    Consolidates more than 65 ineffective, duplicative, and unnecessary programs into a Local Academic Flexible Grant, helping schools better support students.

•    Protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core or any other common standards or assessments, as well as reining in the secretary’s regulatory authority.

•    Empowers parents with more school choice options by continuing support for magnet schools and expanding charter school opportunities, as well as allowing Title I funds to follow low-income children to the traditional public or charter school of the parent’s choice.

•    Strengthens existing efforts to improve student performance among targeted student populations, including English learners and homeless children.

To learn more about the Student Success Act, click here.
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