WASHINGTON - Republicans have won House passage of their education bill to replace the No Child Left Behind education law.
The Student Success Act passed on a mainly party line vote. It reflects the long-held Republican premise that Washington has no business in deciding how local school systems are run.
The measure would sharply reduce federal involvement in education matters. It would give states and local school districts greater powers to determine how to improve their schools.
The White House is threatening a veto, saying the bill "would represent a significant step backwards" in the effort to prepare kids for the future.
The partisan vote comes despite agreement that the No Child Left Behind law needs a thorough overhaul. The law was signed by President George W. Bush in 2002.