The deeply divided U.S. Congress is poised to get one big thing accomplished before the end of the year. The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on an overhaul of the widely disliked federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, which officially expired in 2007. Its replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act, passed the House last week and could get the President’s signature before the holidays.
If passed, the bill would dramatically scale back federal oversight of schools, said Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
“If one of the big conservative concerns in education has been that the federal government was gathering to itself way too much authority that it didn’t know how to use well, then this law is a huge and a really significant corrective,” he said.