Third Bill Introduced to Update Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Representative John Kline (R-MN), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, introduced the third in a series of bills aimed at updating the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also called the No Child Left Behind Act).  The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act, HR 2445, would give school districts flexibility in how they spend federal education dollars. Under the current law, federal dollars flow to school districts with rules attached dictating how they can be spent. Some who oppose the bill fear that school districts could divert funds for at-risk students and use them for other purposes. Representative Kline has said that he prefers taking a piecemeal approach to reauthorizing this law. The first bill (HR 1891), which proposes to eliminate more than half of the programs in the federal education law, passed the House Education and the Workforce Committee along party lines in May. The second measure (HR 2218), which encourages the expansion of successful charter schools, passed with bipartisan support in the committee last month.

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