National Education Fight Likely to Split Lawmakers

Friday, May 3, 2013

Democratic senators from rural areas are seeking a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law to give their constituents a better chance of competing for federal funding, a touchy subject in the majority’s conference.

A debate over education policy will likely split lawmakers along the same regional lines that divided them during the recent debate over gun control legislation.

President Obama’s “Race to the Top” school reform initiative and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — dubbed No Child Left Behind when it was reauthorized under former President George W. Bush — favor urban and suburban schools, say rural advocates.

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