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Sen. Alexander supports No Child Left Behind reform

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Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander is joining efforts to reform No Child Left Behind.

The public has heard a lot over the past few years about what's called adequate yearly progress and how important it is for schools to meet that federal benchmark.

However, under a new proposal, adequate yearly progress would be eliminated. Under a new plan, states would be allowed to develop their own accountability systems.

States would still need to identify and report the 5 percent of schools that are the lowest performing.

Under the current benchmark, 80 percent of the nation's schools are expected to be failing by next year.

With no congressional action, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has indicated he would grant waivers allowing states to opt out of No Child Left Behind. Tennessee has applied for one of those waivers.

Alexander says if his plan passes, the waivers wouldn't be necessary.

"The responsibility is back where the responsibility ought to be on the parents, the teachers, the communities, and less of that invented in Washington," said Alexander.

Whether the proposal will pass is still unclear. Duncan is expected to unveil details later this month with what it will take for states to receive a waiver.

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