Originally posted on CBS DC:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan would see his authority greatly cut and governors would have final say over their schools under legislation introduced Thursday by Senate Republicans.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a former education secretary who is the top Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, rolled out his party’s version of No Child Left Behind renewal days after Democrats offered theirs.

While both versions would let states write school improvement plans and scrap one-size-fits-all national requirements, only the Republican measure explicitly says Washington has no role in what students learn.

“We would stop Washington, D.C., from deciding whether schools and teachers are failing, and restore those decisions back to state and local governments,” Alexander, R-Tenn., said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The state-by-state approach to education standards is already largely in place in the 37 states that received permission from Duncan to ignore…

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