Paul Ryan, Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray

Power to the states: Education law rewrite passes Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., sits down to sign legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, that changes how the nation's public schools are evaluated, rewriting the landmark No Child Left Behind education law of 2002. From left are. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Education Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Those federally mandated math and reading tests will continue, but a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s education law will now give states — not the U.S. government — authority to decide how to use the results in evaluating teachers and schools.

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