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Kline Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Replace No Child Left Behind

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act:

Thanks to the hard work of Senators Alexander and Murray, we are one step closer to replacing a flawed law and improving K-12 education for our nation’s children and families. There is a lot of work that lies ahead, but I am confident we will find common ground and send a bill to the president’s desk that helps ensure every child in every school receives an excellent education.

BACKGROUND: On July 8, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5)​, a proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with reforms that would reduce the federal role, restore local control, and empower parents and education leaders to hold local schools accountable. Following today’s vote in the Senate, both chambers are expected to form a conference committee to develop a bicameral agreement.

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