Heritage hopeful over 'A-Plus' vote

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

With the U.S. House narrowly passing a bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind last week, the Senate is expected to finish its debate on it this week. 

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, says the bipartisan effort will give more power back to the states and local districts.

But Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation was skeptical when the proposal was first introduced. She tells OneNewsNow there was no significant effort to reduce federal intervention in public education

Burke

"The best that it does is to eliminate the admittedly burdensome Adequate Yearly Progress requirement," Burke tells OneNewsNow. 

An amendment introduced by Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina to amend the House version was defeated. His amendment touted the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success, or A-PLUS, which would allow states to opt out of No Child Left Behind.

Burke says Walker and his A-PLUS amendment got 195 "yes" votes in the House, which she describes as a "huge momentum" for the effort.

"And it really should demonstrate to lawmakers that this is where conservatives stand," says Burke. 

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