Senators announce agreement to update education law

Apr 7, 2015 2:40 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law.

Students would still take annual tests. But states would have more control over how the results are used to scrutinize schools.

Republican Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander is the chairman of the Senate education committee. He announced the agreement with Democrat Sen. Patty Murray. They say it will be debated next week.

The Senate agreement comes in contrast to a partisan stalemate in the House, where a vote scheduled in February on a GOP-bill was abruptly cancelled after it wasn't clear it would pass amid opposition from conservatives. Democrats also widely opposed the bill.

The Bush-era law is credited with shining a light on student performance, but led to complaints that requirements were unworkable.

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