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Hill Fight On No Child Left Behind Looms

Senate education committee leader Sen. Lamar Alexander says he wants to work out a bipartisan deal this spring to rewrite the landmark education law No Child Left Behind.

But last week, he released a discussion draft of the bill that was anything but.

He and other congressional Republicans are angling to revamp rules about how often students are tested, how much power the education secretary should have, the amount of control states have over education policy as they collect billions in federal dollars, when to intervene in schools deemed failing and more. The debate kicks off at a hearing Wednesday on testing.

The coming debate may be the most dramatic congressional fight over education in more than a decade.