Congress passes new education bill, ditching No Child Left Behind

In bipartisan vote of 85-12 in the U.S. Senate, a new education bill was officially passed by Congress. The new bill once signed by President Barack Obama will replace No Child Left Behind. The House passed the bill last week. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., applauded the bipartisan legislation that overhauls the NCLB testing requirements and ends federal incentives that impose Common Core standards on states. While testing is still required, the new law will allow states more flexibility in improving underperforming schools. Enzi is a senior member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee and served on the conference committee between the House and Senate that put the final version of the bill together. “For too long now I have heard stories from teachers, students, and parents from all across Wyoming about the harm inflicted by the prep-for-the-test system that has been in place,” Enzi said. “That ends with the signing of this bill.” The White House has indicated that Obama will sign the legislation into law tomorrow. A reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act entitled Every Student Succeeds Act, Enzi said the bill is designed to empower parents and teachers to make the decisions they think are best in the classroom instead of bureaucrats in Washington. “This legislation allows issues to be debated and decisions to be made in a room of parents, students, teachers, school leaders and community members who know best what works for their students,” Enzi said. #buckrail #reboot #county10 #oilcity #county17 #dally #shortgo #news