By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions begins debate Wednesday on renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, formerly known as "No Child Left Behind." U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sits on the committee and says he is generally pleased with the bipartisan compromise that has been reached. A key change is letting states, rather than the federal government, decide whether and how to evaluate teachers.
"The downside is that states that don't take a serious interest in it will allow their students to suffer," Whitehouse says. "The good news is that we as a country might learn a lot more from a multiplicity of states all engaged in trying to find a way to get this right."
Whitehouse has introduced an amendment called "success in the middle." It requires problem middle schools and their feeder high schools to provide turnaround plans.
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