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U.S. 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.


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