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No Child Left Behind Overhaul Passes House

Many people believe the No Child Left Behind Law does not work and needs to be changed. The law which, expired in 2007, has had lawmakers unable to come to an agreement.

The Bush era No Child Left Behind Law, has many parents and Republican lawmakers wanting change. That change finally came Friday, when a major reform bill passed the House with a marginal win of 221- 207.

"We have gone way too far with the one size fits all, Washington telling schools what they have to do," said Republican  Congressman Mac Thornberry.

The bill had no Democratic support and 12 Republicans voted against it. Representative Thornberry said, the new bill would reduce Washington's input on schools and give more local control.

"It reduces the federal mandates and allows states and local school districts and parents to have more say about their local schools," said Rep. Thornberry.

The law was created to set goals for academic achievement, increase accountability, and offer more choices for parents and students. Student progress is monitored by yearly testing.

"This eliminates that, any of that federal requirement. As long as the state tests and the state decides what tests it wants to do, then the federal government is not going to put additional requirements," said Rep. Thornberry.

The new reforms would eliminate federal testing, eliminate incentives funding programs, and return achievement responsibility to the state and local leaders. The bill would also reduce money to schools nationwide by $1 billion next year.

"We move back to more local control whether it's on testing or whether it's how to spend money or how to teach kids. More local control results in better learning in the classroom I think," said Rep. Thornberry.

Congressman Thornberry had a conference call with local superintendents, who agreed that it was a step in the right direction.

The bill, known as the Student Success Act will now head to the Senate for a vote. If it passes, the president may not sign it. The White House has said, "it's a step backward".

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.

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