New Federal Education Policy Ends Controversial “No Child Left Behind” Policy

Congress has approved drastic changes to federal education policy, replacing the controversial “No Child Left Behind Act” passed 14 years ago. The senate approved the “Every Student Succeeds Act” on a bipartisan 85—12 vote Wednesday. The new law does away with strict standardized testing that was scorned by many local educators and makes states once again responsible for fixing under-performing school districts. Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander, a former University of Tennessee President and US Secretary of Education, led the reform effort in the senate. Alexander, a Maryville Republican, had pushed to return education standards to state and local control for 7 years. He says federal oversight of test standards actually created a backlash against reform.

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