Senate passes revamp of 'No Child Left Behind' education bill

A red traffic light stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building in WashingtonBy Alex Wilts and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would give states more flexibility in setting their own standards for measuring student and school performance, part of an effort to overhaul a controversial Bush administration law. Passed by Congress in 2001, the No Child Left Behind law was a hallmark achievement of President George W. Bush. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, citing a lop-sided 81-17 Senate vote in favor of the overhaul, said, “What that says to me is that everyone in this country wants to fix No Child Left Behind.” The House of Representatives last week approved a bill similar to the Senate’s. The two chambers were expected next to convene a conference and attempt to develop a single proposal to send to Democratic President Barack Obama for signing into law.

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