Obama Threatens to Veto GOP Education Reform Bill

President Obama would veto the House Republican plan to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind law, his administration said Wednesday.

The GOP plan, known as the Student Success Act, “represents a significant step backwards in the efforts to help all of the nation’s children and their families prepare for their futures,” said the Office of Management and Budget in a statement of administration policy.

The bill “abdicates the historic federal role in elementary and secondary education of ensuring the educational progress of all of America’s students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners and students of color,” the administration added.

House Republicans would like more flexibility for federal dollars allocated for poor students, arguing that the students who live in poverty but attend schools in more affluent districts are often neglected. Democrats say the GOP plan would take money away from the neediest school districts.