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Sen. Murray: New US Education Law Will Help Washington State

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SEATTLE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says the new U.S. education law that she co-wrote will benefit her home state by lifting the punishment the federal government has held over Washington's public schools for the past year.
 
The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law of 2002. The White House said President Barack Obama would sign it Thursday.
 
The new measure would eliminate the need for Washington state to regain its waiver over the regulation of No Child Left Behind. It will return control of about $40 million in federal dollars to local school officials. And it will eliminate the need to send letters home to families saying their schools were failing.
 
Murray says she expects the new federal education law will spark a new national interest on early learning, encourage innovation in the states and decrease emphasis on school testing.

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