In a surprising development, the U.S. Senate’s education committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill that would replace the reviled No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and shift federal education policy to the right.
The 22-0 vote means that the bill, dubbed the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) of 2015, will go to the full Senate floor with a head of steam that portends well for its final passage. The vote comes after three days of committee hearings and the consideration of nearly 60 amendments, about half of which were adopted.
The bill is the product of several months of negotiations between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray, which produced a bipartisan product that moves federal education policy to the right, though not as far as many conservatives have been hoping.
In a statement, Alexander said it was high time to replace NCLB 14 years after it first passed and seven years after it was supposed to expire.