By Jon Reid
December 10, 2015 at 11:23 am ET
The No Child Left Behind Act is officially dead.
President Obama on Thursday signed into law an overhaul of the K-12 education system that shifts oversight of America’s 100,000 public schools from the federal government to state and local authorities.
The bipartisan legislation is the product of negotiations that began in February between Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
“It will end the federal Common Core mandate,” Alexander said yesterday on the Senate floor. “It moves decisions about whether schools and teachers and students are succeeding or failing out of Washington, D.C., and back to states and communities and classroom teachers where those decisions belong.”
The Senate passed the bill 85-12 on Wednesday. The House passed the measure 359-64 earlier this month.