Senate passes revamp of 'No Child Left Behind' education bill

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 2:57 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed an overhaul of the 14-year-old "No Child Left Behind" federal education law on Thursday in a bid to give states more flexibility in setting and measuring student performance standards.

The bipartisan 81-17 vote will trigger negotiations to work out differences with a similar House of Representatives bill passed last week to revamp the law, which was once hailed as a hallmark achievement of former President George W. Bush but in recent years has come under heavy criticism for its stress on standardized tests for both student and teachers.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)