House Narrowly Passes Rewrite of No Child Left Behind

House Republicans brushed aside a White House veto threat Wednesday evening and passed a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law by just five votes, muscling through an overhaul of education policy that shifts power from the federal government to the states after a legislative false start earlier this year.

The bill by Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican, won approval on a 218-213 vote and would move measures of school performance from a system of high-stakes national testing to state accountability programs, while replacing dozens of federal programs with local block grants for the states to spend as they like.