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Senators Propose Bipartisan Bill to Revise No Child Left Behind Law

A bipartisan Senate bill revising the No Child Left Behind law was announced on Tuesday. It eliminates many of the most punitive elements of the law, the signature education achievement of the George W. Bush administration.

The bipartisan bill, which ends the framework under which almost all public schools were found to be failing, could defuse what has become an all-out campaign by teachers, joined by many parents, to prevent having their job performances measured by students’ test scores.

The proposed legislation was negotiated by Senators Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington. Earlier this year, a House bill was abruptly pulled, mid-debate, when it became clear that it would not muster enough Republican support to pass.