Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Obama to sign 'No Child Left Behind' overhaul

Something that came in a term of a drunk is about to change!

It's not killed but you know we need something so it's overhauled and it will be
signed and we are moving on!

~~~~~ Obama to sign 'No Child Left Behind' overhaul
The Senate cleared an overhaul of the controversial No Child Left Behind
program in a bipartisan vote on Wednesday, sending the measure to
President Barack Obama, who will sign it into law, the White House said.

The vote was 85-12.
Critics complained the George W. Bush-era law, which was supported by 
Republicans and Democrats when it was approved in 2002, gave too much 
influence to Washington in controlling education policy and that power should 
be returned to state and local school boards. "It wasn't long after the law was 
passed that we realized it was full of flaws," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid 
said shortly before the vote. 

Under the new law, named the Every Student Succeeds Act, students still must
be tested in reading and math, but state and local officials would have greater 
leeway in determining how to respond to underachieving schools. 

"This forward-looking replacement for a broken law would open new opportunities 
for our kids and put education back in the hands of those who understand their needs 
best: parents, teachers, states, and school boards," said Senate Majority Leader 
Mitch McConnell, who called the bill a victory for "conservative reform." 

But not all conservatives agreed.
Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he opposed the deal because 
it still gives too much power to Washington. 

The bill "continues to propagate the large and ever-growing role of the federal government
in our education system the same federal government that sold us failed top-down 
standards like Common Core," Cruz said in a statement. 

The White House said the President will sign the measure Thursday morning.

~~~~~Senate Approves Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Law
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday approved a sweeping revision of 
the contentious No Child Left Behind law, sending to President Obama’s desk a 
proposal that ends an era of federal control in education policy after 14 years.

The legislation, which passed the Senate by a vote of 85 to 12, would restore 
authority for school performance and accountability to local districts and states after 
a lengthy period of aggressive federal involvement. While it keeps the existing annual 
testing requirements in reading and math and requires that states act to improve the 
lowest performing schools, it allows more local control to set goals, determine 
school ratings and decide remedial measures.