ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota will gain more control over its schools if Congress approves a rewrite of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

U.S. Rep. John Kline recently led a bipartisan team of congressional negotiators that put the finishing touches on a compromise to replace the school funding and accountability law. The Minnesota Republican says it would dramatically scale back Washington's role in public schools. He says it would eliminate tough federal mandates and penalties, and allow states to develop accountability systems that best fit their local needs.

Sen. Al Franken joined Kline on the conference committee. The Minnesota Democrat says the bill isn't perfect but it's an improvement.

Franken and Kline say they're confident President Barack Obama will sign the bill after it passes.