President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act Thursday, a bipartisan fix to the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The bill gives states more power over what to do with failing schools, although it requires some state-designed plan to identify and reform failing schools. Federally required testing is no longer tied to any federal consequences. The bill also prohibits the Department of Education from giving states special positive or negative incentives to adopt specific academic standards, as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been doing with Common Core using waivers from No Child Left Behind.
Note that Hillary Clinton voted in favor of No Child Left Behind in 2001 and announced her support for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is widely considered a fix to No Child Left Behind's worst flaws.
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