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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cornyn Borrows DeMint's "A-Plus" Acronym

Sen. John Cornyn (R., TX) has introduced the A-PLUS (Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success) Act of 2013, which according to his press release, would "reduce the administrative and compliance burdens on state and local education agencies, and ensure greater public transparency for the use of federal education funds and student achievement." The measure is ultimately a way for states to opt-out of the burdensome No Child Left Behind Act, which has become increasingly mocked by both Republicans and Democrats. In fact, our sister site,, yesterday wrote about two potential acts from the House and Senate that could replace NCLB. 

The A-PLUS designation by Sen. Cornyn is not as innovative as it looks, however. Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint used the acronym for legislation in the 110th, 111th, and 112th Congresses, but his bills never got out of committee.  

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