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Senate Rejects Amendments on Portability, Opt-Outs, LGBT Protections

The U.S. Senate continued its work Tuesday on a bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, working swiftly under a deadline imposed by the Majority Leader that requires debate to come to a close Wednesday morning.

In total, senators voted on eight amendments, approving five and rejecting three, including one that would have allowed Title I dollars for low-income children to follow them to the school of their choice, and another that would have provided protections under the federal civil rights laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

Notably, Democrats also unveiled their long-awaited amendment that would increase accountability in the underlying bill.  The amendment would, among other things, require states to identify and intervene in their poorest-performing 5 percent of schools and those that graduate less than 67 percent of students for two consecutive years.