Kline predicts Congress will push to scrap No Child Left Behind


Congress may be poised to get rid of the law that has governed the nation's schools the last 13 years.

U.S. Rep. John Kline, who chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee said Monday he thinks Congress will act quickly next year to get rid of the No Child Left Behind Law.

Kline, the Republican who represents Minnesota's 2nd district, told the Pioneer Press there's a "rising groundswell of support" enabling lawmakers to get rid of the law.

According to the newspaper, Kline has already held several meetings with the incoming chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and the two agree revising the No Child Left Behind Law should be a top priority.

The law, which was approved in 2001, dictates how often students are tested and sets punishments for schools that are not showing enough improvement.

The Associated Press reports Kline envisions a law that would return more power to state and local school officials.

The House has passed a bill to replace the law on two different occasions, but those efforts died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. With control of the Senate switching to Republicans next month, Kline thinks they'll be able to get it done.

According to the Pioneer Press, Senate Republicans will need some Democratic votes to pass the legislation in that chamber, so Kline thinks the two houses will work out a bipartisan compromise that President Barack Obama can sign.

"In theory, by summer we could have this done," he said.

But finishing the legislation this year might be critical. It could be much more difficult to pass in 2016, during a presidential election year.

Getting the legislation passed in 2015 will require an ambitious timeline, though. According to the Star Tribune, Kline's goal would be to get the bill through committee by February.

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