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Last Week

The House and Senate both worked on an update to the education policy law formerly known as No Child Left Behind. This was the second time the House considered the Student Success Act on the chamber’s floor this year. On both occasions, House leaders struggled to find a way ahead for the bill within their party without it losing too many votes from the left and the right. The House bill would streamline federal education programs and includes language that would allow Title I dollars to follow students to public schools of their choice — a deal-breaker for Democrats. The House also passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which should accelerate the pace at which cures and treatments are discovered, developed, and delivered. The Senate also debated amendments to education reform legislation of their own, which they are expected to wrap up this week. more

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