Democrats reject GOP No Child Left Behind option

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans' proposed wholesale rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law has failed on a straight party-line vote in the education committee.
   
The Senate panel on Tuesday started rewriting the sweeping education law that governs all schools that receive federal dollars. The Democratic-led committee is moving forward with its own version of legislation to replace the 2001 law and rejected a Republican alternative in its first vote.
   
No Child Left Behind expired in 2007 and Congress has not renewed or updated it. Absent congressional actions, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has given 37 states and the District of Columbia permission to ignore parts of the law that would deem them failures.
   
A vote by the full Senate has not been scheduled but aides suggest it could happen in the fall.

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