The U.S. Senate is beginning to look at restructuring the No Child Left Behind act.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) recently toured a charter school in Chicago so he could bring back to Capitol Hill some ideas on how to make the No Child Left Behind law better and fix things in the law that school districts across the state and the nation have taken issue with.
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Kirk says there are two main things the new NCLB law should focus on. The first is focusing on charter schools. Under current law federal dollars can be used to create a charter school but not expand it. Kirk says he and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are both looking to change the law to allow expansions. Kirk says the other side of the bill is to eliminate the ridged measures that he says would eventually grade 85 percent of schools in America as failures. He says resources should be focused on failing schools in the bottom 10 percent.
Kirk hopes to see the Senate pass the reworked law by May and have it signed into law by October 2012.