Senate begins hearings on No Child Left Behind

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairman of the Senate education committee says good intentions in the No Child Left Behind law have not translated to good policy.

Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said his proposed rewrite of the 2001 education law would fix the problems in the original and help local schools better educate students. Harkin's Senate panel began hearings on Tuesday to rewrite the law governing schools that receive tax dollars.

The law expired in 2007 and Congress has not reauthorized it. In the absence of a replacement, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has given 37 states and the District of Columbia permission to ignore parts of the law that schools say are unworkable.

Republicans on the committee say they will try to change the bill in committee.