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Tenn. Senator pushes No Child Left Behind re-write

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander thinks he may be getting close to a vote on the long awaited re-write of the federal K-12 education law.

Alexander, recently named Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has scheduled a vote on the bill for next week.

The re-write has been stalled in committee for six year, but the Tennessean says Alexander has crafted a bi-partisan compromise in partnership with Democrat Patty Murray of Washington State.

The new measure would replace the 2001 No Child Left Behind education law. That program, used to funnel federal education dollars to the states, expired in 2007.

Under Alexander’s re-write, the federal government would no longer be able to label a school failing based on student test scores. Alexander has long complained the U.S. Department of Education and its Secretary have overstepped their constitutional authority.

“The secretary has told states what their academic standards should be, how states should measure the progress of students toward those standards, what constitutes failure for schools, and what the consequences of failure are, and how to fix low performing schools, and how to evaluate teachers. The department has, in effect, become a national schoolboard.”

Senators Alexander and Murray hope to bring the new education bill to a committee vote this coming Tuesday.