ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota congressman who leads the House education committee says he expects the new Republican-led Congress to move quickly to ditch the No Child Left Behind school law.

Republican Rep. John Kline said Monday that he and his Senate counterpart hope to forge an agreement early next year. His goal is to scrap the federal law that dictates how often students are tested and sets punishments for schools where kids aren't showing enough improvement.

Kline says he envisions a law that returns more power to state and local leaders. He says the current system where some states have waivers from the law is too messy.