The Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and Senate are still split over NCLB, keeping the law's future murky for now, congressional observers say. But several players are likely to have major roles in shaping education policy in the coming years, including Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who chairs the House education committee; Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat elected to the Senate who has championed high-school reforms; and Larry Kissell, a Democrat from North Carolina who is a high school social-studies teacher and NCLB critic, who will be a freshman member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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