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House narrowly passes education bill, with Idaho reps in favor; includes testing opt-out

Congress is in the midst of its effort to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, which hasn’t been reauthorized since 2001, when the far-reaching and now politically unpopular No Child Left Behind law became law, reports Idaho Education News. The House passed its version of a new ESEA by a narrow margin on Wednesday evening, writes EdNews reporter Kevin Richert, with both Idaho Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson voting in favor; meanwhile, the Senate is working through its version of a bill. The process won’t be done until the two houses agree on something, and find something the president will support and sign into law.

Richert’s full report is online here, including links to national reports and news on an amendment the House approved last night, enabling parents to opt their children out of standardized testing. The House’s bill is dubbed the “Student Success Act.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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