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Mikulski Votes in Favor of Education Reform

December 14th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Maryland U. S. Senator Barbara  Mikulski, a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee,  voted in support of legislation to refresh and reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replace the failed tenets of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 85-12. Mikulski said she had to fight to ensure the bill did no harm and successfully saved Maryland schools $40 million in Title I funding by keeping out a  provision she says  would have drastically changed the formula to distribute Title I funds nationwide. Savings in Title I funding protected $40 million for communities across Maryland, including: $515,000 for Allegany County and $252,000 for Garrett County.  Mikulski, who said she spoke with education representatives from across Maryland,  says the  bill replaces the failed tenets of NCLB, eliminating the one-size-fits-all approach to education out of Washington, and moving decision making to the states. ..

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