Education Makes Political Comeback in Washington

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Monday, October 24, 2011

A rare show of bipartisanship in a divided Congress produced a deal to fix an education law long considered flawed, until a single senator stalled progress.

The delay would be short and would not deter the committee working on one of the most significant overhauls of the No Child Left Behind law since it was passed in 2002, the chairman said.

A little more than an hour into the hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., used a procedural maneuver to put the brakes on the discussion.

The renewed focus in Washington on education comes as the 2012 campaign begins to unfold.

President Barack Obama has chided Congress for not acting to revise the law and has told states they can seek waivers from some unpopular requirements. He also has made saving teachers' jobs an essential part of his $447 billion jobs plan.

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