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The Lone Senator meets Saturday on No Child Left Behind


Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be in Bloomington Saturday to lead a discussion on the No Child Left Behind law, which Congress will re-examine this year.

Supporters say the law has brought much-needed accountability to public education, especially in serving disadvantaged students. Critics say the federal law has created new unfunded mandates and encouraged an excessive focus on standardized testing.

Klobuchar said she wants to know what changes in the federal rules will best help local students.

The 10 a.m. meeting Saturday is at Washburn Elementary School, 8401 Xerxes Ave. S., Bloomington.

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Klobuchar and her staff plan a series of education forums throughout the state this month and next.