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Senate votes to rescind Obama rules on school accountability

Senate votes to rescind Obama rules on school accountability

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to repeal an Obama regulation that had created a framework to help identify struggling schools and students.

Senators voted 50-49 on Thursday to rescind rules issued in November. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

The accountability regulations were created to help states implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. The document addresses school ratings, student report cards and other ways to identify and help troubled schools.

Republicans argued that that the regulations were an example of federal overreach and that details of things like report cards should be left for states and local communities.

Democrats defended the regulations, saying they provide key safeguards for vulnerable groups of students, such as children with special needs and minorities.