MS Congressional Watch: Renewal of No Child Left Behind

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the US House of Representatives passed a renewal of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, with its infamous standardized testing, has failed miserably.  Given its

stigma of failure, the bill was renamed the Student Success Act.

According to The Hill, “Conservative lawmakers had pushed for the adoption of several amendments allowing schools to opt out of No Child Left Behind requirements. Only one of those amendments, from Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), was adopted, with lawmakers voting 251-178 to allow parents to exempt their children from testing.”  The vote to pass the bill was a close one, 218-213.  

Mississippi’s Republican delegation – Gregg Harper, Steven Palazzo, and Trent Kelly all voted for the bill, which will only continue Washington’s stranglehold on America’s public schools.