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GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities


Published Online: November 7, 2014

GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., waves after claiming victory on Nov. 4 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., waves after claiming victory on Nov. 4 in Knoxville, Tenn.
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After easily capturing the number of seats they needed take control of the U.S. Senate—and padding their majority in the House of Representatives—congressional Republicans have laid out an aggressive education policy agenda that includes overhauling the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law and the mammoth Higher Education Act.
While divided government will remain, as the White House is in Democratic hands at least until President Barack Obama finishes his second term, the new political calculation in Congress will likely spur movement on education bills. Lawmakers who play major roles on the chamber’s education committees were quick to outline their priorities, which also include school choice measures, funding issues, and generally scaling back the federal footprint on K-12.

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