The House approved legislation on Friday that would dramatically limit the federal government’s power to set education standards across the country, reversing the policy put in place a decade ago under President George W. Bush.
Members voted 221-207 to pass the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, which reverses many provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law signed by Bush in 2002. Every Democrat voted against it, as did 12 Republicans.
In the short term, the legislation could do nothing more than lay down a GOP marker on education. The Democratic Senate is expected to ignore the House bill and work on its own ideas, and the White House said this week that President Obama would veto the bill.