Politics

Senate OKs revised No Child education law, compromise needed

File: President George W. Bush, seated, signs No Child Left Behind into law at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio.
File: President George W. Bush, seated, signs No Child Left Behind into law at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio.
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The Senate has voted to roll back significant parts of the much-criticized No Child Left Behind education law.

The overhaul was approved by a 81-17 vote Thursday and now sets the stage for what could be contentious negotiations with the House over the federal government's influence over education policy.

A week ago, the House passed its own update of the 2002 law that President George W. Bush pushed.

The Senate bill would leave in place the law's annual testing schedule. But senators voted to give states and districts more control over whether and how to use tests to assess the performance of schools, teachers and students.

It's a more moderate approach than the House bill.

The chambers will have to negotiate and approve a compromise.