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More Conflict Over Cutting Federal Role in Education

As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Congress and the White House on Monday inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education.

The House is expected to pass a plan this week that would cut back federal regulation of education from kindergarten through 12th grade and give state and local authorities more discretion over everything from assessing teacher and student performance to the flow of Title I money, the largest stream of federal funding for low-income students.

The House Education Committee approved the bill on Feb. 11. Representative John Kline, Republican of Minnesota and chairman of the committee, said after the committee vote that the plan would “provide American families the education system they deserve, not the one Washington wants.”