This week, both houses will tackle a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, the decade-old education reform law. Both the House and the Senate will vote on major changes to the nation's law governing public schools, and the double-bill floor debates alone are a victory for educators and advocates. Their requests to update the 15-year-old No Child Left Behind law have been repeatedly overshadowed by more pressing congressional priorities — trade, fiscal cliffs, highway trust-fund expirations and plain-old electioneering. In addition, leaders in the tax-writing and highway funding committees will continue to press their colleagues to combine highway funding with corporate tax reform, specifically, taxing overseas profits. The House will also take up held-over legislation to fund the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency.
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