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Chairman: House nearing completion on education bill

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Sep 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The chairman of the U.S. House education committee says he expects it to finish its overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education bill this fall.

The committee is rewriting the nation's most important K-12 education law in parts. U.S. Rep. John Kline says it is "very feasible'' that the committee will approve the final two sections by Christmas.

The legislation would cover the evaluation of teachers and the process for holding schools accountable. Kline says he hopes to reach bi-partisan consensus, but is willing to move a bill without it.

Kline also repeated his criticism of the Obama administration's plan to grant waivers to the law, provided states agree to certain education reforms. The Minnesota Republican says the administration is illegally exceeding its authority.

Kline met with reporters Thursday.

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