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Senate Education Panel Approves ESEA Rewrite Bill

By Alyson Klein — October 20, 2011 1 min read

After a long delay, the Senate education committee has just approved a bill that would rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., garnered support from three Republicans on the committee and all of the Democrats.

Harkin, the committee’s chairman, hopes to move the bill to the floor of the Senate before Thanksgiving, and he thinks it’s possible that Congress could approve a rewritten version of the law before Christmas—in time to negate the need for the Obama administration’s waiver plan.

Read more about the bill and the amendments here.