Sen. Franken Trying To Overhaul ‘No Child Left Behind’

CBS Minnesota, July 20, 2015

Sen. Al Franken is continuing the push to overhaul the “No Child Left Behind” law.

Both the House and Senate recently passed bills rewriting “No Child Left Behind,” the nation’s main federal education law.

As a member of the Senate Education Committee, Franken wrote some key amendments to the Senate bill, called the “Every Child Achieves Act.”

Highlights include better access to mental health services, allowing more kids to earn college credit in high school, and improved training for STEM teachers.

“States and school districts [would] adopt a STEM Master Teacher Corps model, which gives a little bit more salary to master teachers in STEM, and has them serve as a mentor to STEM teachers who are newer,” Franken said.

Congress is expected to debate both rewrites of the No Child Left Behind law in September.

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