WASHINGTON (AP)- A Senate committee has begun debating legislation designed to update the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law.
Lawmakers are focusing on giving states more control over how to hold public schools accountable for student performance while maintaining many of the testing requirements that show how well students are learning.
Leaders of the committee have worked behind closed doors for months to reach a bipartisan consensus on how to revamp the Bush-era law. Now the hard work begins with lawmakers from all political leanings getting an opportunity to shape the bill through amendments.
The White House has cheered the Senate efforts. Meanwhile, efforts to pass legislation in the House managed to alienate conservatives as well as Democratic lawmakers, but for different reasons.