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July 19, 2013

House passes 'No Child' overhaul

The House of Representatives passed a Republican-backed K-12 education law today that would reduce federal oversight and give more authority to states and local school districts.

The bill is an overhaul of President George W. Bush's signaure No Child Left Behind law. It was passed 221-207 this morning. Democrats voted against it.

The House bill, called the Student Success Act, would states make decisions about the use of federal funds and set up their own accountability systems. It would do away with a requirement that schools hire certified teachers, would reduce funding and would eliminate programs in the Department of Education.

The White House threatened a veto if the bill ever reached the president's desk. It faces an uncertain future, though. The Senate hasn't passed a revision of the elementary and secondary education law yet. If it does, differences between the House and Senate versions would have to be worked out.

Teachers unions, groups that advocate for low-income and minority students and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable opposed the House bill. Groups representing school board members and school administrators supported it.


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