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Sens. Alexander, Murray Propose Bipartisan Measure To Replace NCLB

The federal role in local schools would be significantly reduced under a bipartisan proposal released Tuesday by Senate leaders working to replace No Child Left Behind, the country’s main education law. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the panel’s ranking Democrat, made public a 600-page bill that would shift decisions over academic standards, whether and how to evaluate teachers, what to do about low-performing schools and other matters to states and local school districts.