Rhode Island’s Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is sounding celebratory notes following the Senate’s approval of a new education policy. The vote significantly revamps the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act.
The Senate passed the new education bill by lopsided 81 to 17 vote.
Whitehouse said the new legislation maintains annual testing requirements, but removes some of the penalties for lower performing schools.
Whitehouse, who helped to draft the legislation, says he heard the concerns of many students and teachers about the impact of No Child Left Behind.