MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The chairman of the U.S. House education committee is proposing to cut some strings that come with federal education money, but his new bill drew quick criticism from the U.S. Department of Education.

State Representaitve John Kline of Minnesota, introduced the "State and Local Funding Flexibility Act" on Thursday. It's the third in a series of bills to overhaul the No Child Left Behind education law.

The bill would allow schools to take money intended for one educational purpose, such as teacher training, and spend it on another school priority, such as reading programs.

Kline argues the education money should be controlled locally, not by Washington.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the bill doesn't fix the real problems with No Child Left Behind and risks short-changing the students with the greatest needs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)