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House votes to abandon No Child Left Behind

GOP-backed bill would put end to mandated tests

WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted Friday to dismantle the troubled No Child Left Behind law for evaluating America’s students and schools, saying states and local school districts rather than Washington should be setting rules for ensuring that kids are getting good educations.

The legislation would eliminate federally required testing of students. But the measure passed with no Democratic support and drew a veto threat from the Obama administration, which said it would be a ‘‘step backward’’ in efforts to better prepare children for colleges and careers and to bring improvements to low-performing schools.

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