Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing 'No Child Left Behind'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead with plans to change the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law.
House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday in protest of a Republican bill that would strip much of the federal role out of education policy.
The education law passed during the George W. Bush administration mandates annual testing and requires schools to show annual growth or face consequences.
The chairman of the Senate's education committee, Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander, says he's hopeful there will be a bipartisan process to update the law.
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