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Revising the No Child Left Behind Act: Issue by Issue

The U.S. Senate has voted to pass a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which hasn’t gotten a facelift since 2002, when then-President George W. Bush signed the law’s current version, the No Child Left Behind Act. Now the legislation will have to go to conference with a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month.

And lawmakers have a lot of key issues to discuss—including whether the updated law should include a preschool program, whether states should be able to allow federal funding to follow students to the school of their choice, and just how states should measure school performance.

How are the bills different from each other? And how do they compare to the existing version of the law, as well as the Obama administration’s waivers from provisions of NCLB, which are currently in place in 42 states and the District of Columbia?

We’ve got your cheat sheet right here.