WASHINGTON 10/19/2011 -- After years on the political back burner,
education is making a comeback in Washington.
President Barack Obama has made saving teachers' jobs a key part of his effort to sell his $447 billion jobs package. A vote is expected soon in the Senate on the section of the plan designed to keep teachers and first responders in their jobs.
Separately, a Senate committee on Wednesday will debate the education law known as "No Child Left Behind." It's one of the most significant efforts in the Senate to update the law since it passed in 2002.
Last month, Obama said he was frustrated that Congress hadn't fixed No Child Left Behind. He said he would allow states that met certain conditions to get around some of the provisions of the law.