Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., right, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, for the committee's hearing looking at ways to fix the No Child Left Behind law.
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Tennessee Senator and former Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander is trying to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (C), flanked by Senator Jon Kyl (L-R), Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator John Barrasso, Senator John Cornyn and Senator John Thune, talks to reporters about the senate's passage of debt ceiling legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 2, 2011.
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Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, center, at a press conference with (from left) Republican Senators Jon Kyl, John Cornyn, John Ensign, John Thune and Lamar Alexander