The No Child Left Behind Act, which came about in 2002, allows the government to administer statewide assessments to school-age children to test that the education requirements set forward by the state are being met. The House of Representatives recently passed a rewrite to the original act which will dramatically decrease the federal government’s role in the education policies for the nation’s schools. The rewrite was narrowly passed with a vote of 218 in favor of the rewrite and 213 against the rewrite.
The rewrite to the No Child Left Behind Act, sponsored by Minnesota Rep. John Kline and led by Republican representatives, gives the states and the local school districts more control over the assessment of the education at each school and prohibits the federal government from imposing a strict set of requirements that must be met by the schools, such as passing the Common Core. The rewrite also allows for federal funding to follow low-income children to the public school of their choice.
Contributor: Katie Campbell