The Federal Government's Role In Education May Be Changing
After the House of Representatives passed a revised version of the bill, the Senate on Thursday passed its own version of No Child Left Behind. Passed during George W. Bush's presidency, NCLB uses standardized testing as a way to measure schools and teachers, and if they do not meet certain goals, the federal government can determine how to proceed -- possibly with teacher firing or the state taking over the school. In the Senate's new bill, there would still be standardized testing in math and reading, but the specific goals could be determined by states themselves, as would how to handle underachieving schools. Congress needs to come to an agreement on the bill before it hits the President's desk to be signed into law.
President Obama To Meet With Saudi Leader About Iran Deal
The President will meet with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday to discuss the recent nuclear agreement with Iran. The meeting will be Obama's first with an ally from an Arab state since the agreement was announced earlier this week. He is expected to defend the deal, which in intended to limit Iran's nuclear program, as Saudi Arabia has expressed concerns with the agreement, fearing it may not stop the nuclear program as intended.
Suicide Bombing During Celebration In Nigeria Kills More Than 50
An Eid al-Fitr celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan, took a deadly turn in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, when at least 64 people were killed by suicide bombings that are being blamed on the extremist group Boko Haram. A 10-year-old girl and an elderly woman were among the suicide bombers, according to an army official in the country.