07/08/2015 18:57 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

House votes to overhaul No Child Left Behind education law; Senate debates its own bill

WASHINGTON — The House has narrowly passed a Republican-led rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. It would dramatically lessen the role the federal government plays in education policy for the nation's public schools.

The bill, sponsored by Minnesota Rep. John Kline, gives states and local school districts more control over assessing the performance of schools, teachers and their students. It also prohibits the federal government from requiring or encouraging specific sets of academic standards, such as Common Core.

The Senate is debating a similar bill.

The House action came five months after conservatives forced GOP leaders to pull the bill just before a scheduled vote. This time around, conservatives indicated they would support the legislation if they had the chance to offer amendments.

Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press