Senate Passes Education Bill That Shifts Power to States

Congress is finally on its way to rewriting the long-outdated — and widely hated — No Child Left Behind education law. The Senate on Thursday passed an update to the country’s overarching education law that greatly rolls back the federal say in thousands of public schools. The chamber, with a vote of 81-17, cleared its bill just a week after the House eked out passage of its proposed rewrite of the 2002 law, a victory it took Republican supporters months to achieve. Now the two chambers and the White House must negotiate a bill that can satisfy the president and House Republicans — who passed their bill with no Democratic support and under the threat of a veto.