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Rep. John Kline to lead No Child Left Behind compromise group

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Kline will lead the compromise group between the House and the Senate to cobble together legislation on overhauling No Child Left Behind.

The Republican chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee has his work cut out for him.

The House passed Kline's bill July 8 -- a deeply conservative piece of legislation that failed to garner any Democratic votes.

Kline's bill scales back the role of the federal government in schools and allows federal dollars for poor students to follow them to whatever school they attend -- something Democrats argue hurts poor schools and school districts.

A week later, the Senate handily passed, by 81 votes, a compromise measure that also shifts power back to states, but keeps intact accountability provisions championed by civil rights leaders and liberal Democrats.

Kline is now charged with running the conference group that will cobble together a compromise that can pass both chambers. It also must also be signed by President Barack Obama. The White House has signaled outright veto threats to the House bill and wariness on the Senate version.

"There is a lot of work to do in the coming months," Kline said, in a statement Thursday. "I am confident we will be able to craft a bicameral education bill that reduces the federal role, restores local control and empowers parents and education leaders."


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Solving the Mille Lacs walleye crisis

Good morning. Another beautiful day. Here’s an idea: If enough of you go to Lake Mille Lacs and spend some money, maybe we won’t have to do a special session to save the tourism business there.

Gov. Mark Dayton said it’s government’s job to help people in urgent need who are in their predicament through no fault of their own, so back to session we go to give 100 tourism related businesses loans, tax abatements and more advertising to help shore them up in the walleye crisis. I asked him during the news conference if state government would step up for struggling newspapers. His response: "I'll propose a ban on gill netting of journalists, if that helps."

Here’s the story. And some debate on the op-ed page.

Dayton is headed to the region Friday. Today he’s with staff and commissioners and then at a nurses association BBQ to celebrate 50 years of Medicare. (Thanks, YouTube: Reagan on Medicare.)

Standardized test scores were stagnant this year, with the achievement gap persistent. Look for this to be an issue next year, or one would hope anyway.

All your lion-killing Bloomington dentist news.

Dan Browning reports the Chamber will lobby to stop disability access lawsuits whose only purpose, they charge, are plaintiff attorney fees.

Note the back-and-forth: Legal Aid says restraints and seclusion still being used improperly at the St. Peter state hospital, Chris Serres reports.

Grassley has a pork problem.

Jeff Johnson will chair the Rubio campaign here.

Clinton to the Benghazi committee on the Hill in October. (Prediction: The emails are the Whitewater of her presidency, if she has one.)

Do you follow @dick_nixon on Twitter? Well you should. The guy is spot on and often offers the most trenchant political commentary around, and in real time. Turns out the man doing the likeness is a playwright who spent years going through the tapes to master the Nixon voice and worldview. And he’s done it. Great profile in the Post. (By the way his candidate is Kasich.)

I knew I was missing something lately: Nate Silver’s analysis. Fret not, Republicans, Silver argues (as usual, with plenty of data) that Trump isn’t actually that popular despite the recent jump in the polls. He has a strong coterie of passionate admirers (20 percent, and many or most are low-information voters) but no one else likes him. Silver likens him to the band Nickelback. That seems about right in so many ways.

The Koch brothers wanna duplicate the Obama ground game for the right.

The Sanders campaign said 100,000 turned out for house parties last night. That’s now his army of volunteers.

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