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Sen. Alexander Is Hopeful Congress Can Improve Its Grade on Education Policy

Since 2007, Congress has struggled to reauthorize No Child Left Behind, a George W. Bush-era education law that governs how dozens of federal education programs are funded and began an era of annual standardized testing in public schools. While lawmakers in the past have been unable to pass an update because of clashes over finances, school choice and federal oversight, Sen. Lamar Alexander has made updating this law and the Higher Education Act a priority.

While the House GOP pushed a partisan bill through its education committee, Alexander led a bipartisan effort, called the Every Child Achieves Act, that many believe has promise to replace the long outdated law. U.S. News recently spoke with Alexander about updating No Child Left Behind, college affordability and the future of education policy.