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Lamar Alexander

Congress finally close to vote on new education law

Congress is finally close to a vote to rewrite the outdated and highly criticized No Child Left Behind education law.

The compromise legislation, approved Thursday by House and Senate negotiators, would sharply reduce the federal role in education policy but still require students to be tested in reading and math in grades three to eight, and once in high school.

The conference committee action paves the way for a vote in the House during the first week of December, and days later in the Senate.

The bill would let states decide whether or how to use student test performance to assess teachers and students, ending federal efforts to tie the scores to teacher...