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The Republican Rush to Gut Education Rules

A blanket repeal of Obama-era guidelines will make it harder for struggling schools to get federal dollars.
Who wants $15 billion?

Who wants $15 billion?

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In their ideological rush to slash red tape, congressional Republicans may end up making it harder for states to get money from Washington to turn around failing schools. Sometimes regulations make it easier, not harder, to comply with the law.

The law in question is the Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind program. The new law is far less hands-on than the old one, leaving almost all big decisions to the states. It focuses mostly on standards for accountability and transparency, and vastly increases the amount of information states will be required to share in annual "school report cards," which will give parents better data on school performance and help guide where federal education money is most needed.