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US Senate Votes to Repeal Teacher Training Law

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U.S. President Barack Obama reads a card during a game with children in a classroom at College Heights early childhood learning center in Decatur, Georgia, Feb. 14, 2013. The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to repeal an Obama-era regulation that governs teacher training.

The U.S. Senate has voted to repeal an Obama-era education regulation that governs teacher training and evaluation.

On Wednesday, the senate voted 59-40 in favor of rescinding the rule, which comes as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a successor to the No Child Left Behind law.

The rules, issued in October 2016, stipulate that federally-funded teacher preparation programs must be evaluated on the academic outcomes of those teachers' students.

Some lawmakers criticized the bill saying it was overly bureaucratic and represented federal overreach.

Proponents of the rules say it provided a way to evaluate teacher-training programs and student performance.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to overturn the rules last month. The bill now heads to the White House, where it is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

Also on Wednesday, Trump met with Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, for talks on education and immigration reform. Details of the meeting were not released.

In 2015, Powell Jobs donated more than $50 million to XQ: The Super School Project that is aimed at modernizing public education. Her philanthropic work also includes a nonprofit created to help students from low-income communities obtain college degrees.

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