• Empowering Parents with Transparency and Choice
    Dec 1, 2015  - Parents play a critical role in helping to ensure their children receive a quality education. Unfortunately, under current federal law, teachers and state and local education leaders are bound by what Washington wants, not by what parents know their children need. The House-Senate proposal to replac... More
  • Restoring Local Control of K-12 Education
    Dec 1, 2015  - Under No Child Left Behind, federal bureaucrats exercise decision-making power that once rested with states and school districts. Today, Washington controls how states hold schools accountable, how schools hire classroom teachers, and how school districts spend taxpayer dollars. States looking for r... More
  • Reducing the Federal Bureaucracy
    Dec 1, 2015  - Washington’s role in education is at an all-time high. Today, the Department of Education: Operates more than 80 programs tied to the nation’s classrooms – the majority of which are ineffective, duplicative, and unnecessary; Controls how states and school districts gauge student achievement, improve... More
  • Ready to Rein in the Education Secretary
    Dec 1, 2015  - For almost five years, the Obama administration has set federal education policy through a controversial and convoluted conditional waiver scheme – allowing the secretary of education to impose a backdoor education agenda on states and school districts that includes Common Core, teacher evaluations ... More
  • Prohibiting Federal Involvement in Common Core
    Nov 30, 2015  - Common Core. When it comes to education, perhaps no two words are more controversial. What began as a state-led effort to raise student achievement, has now prompted an open revolt against federal intrusion into the nation’s schools. The administration’s controversial waiver scheme and Race to the T... More
  • Advancing Republican Principles: K-12 Education Reform
    Nov 30, 2015  - No Child Left Behind was based on good intentions, but it was also based on the flawed premise that Washington knows best what students need to excel in school. The law led to the greatest federal intrusion into K-12 classrooms and failed to provide students the quality education they need to succe... More
  • Keeping Our Promises to Native Americans, Part I
    Nov 5, 2015  - Every year since 1994, presidents have issued proclamations designating November “National Native American Heritage Month,” a time to celebrate Native Americans for their rich culture and customs. It’s also a time to reaffirm our commitment to providing Native Americans the quality education they ne... More
  • Putting Americans Back to Work with 21st Century Skills
    Nov 4, 2015  - This week marks National Apprenticeship Week, a time for students, employees, educators, job creators, and policymakers to reflect on the critical role education and on-the-job experience play in helping Americans succeed in an increasingly competitive and evolving workforce. As conversations take p... More
  • One Step Closer to Replacing NCLB
    Jul 9, 2015  - For years, parents, teachers, and state and local leaders across the country have expressed the urgent need to replace No Child Left Behind, a well-intended but flawed law that has not delivered on its promise to improve K-12 education. Yesterday, the House answered their call to action when members... More
  • #StudentSuccessAct: Commonsense Reforms the American People Deserve
    Jul 8, 2015  - Last month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan extended the administration’s intrusion into K-12 classrooms when he renewed a controversial temporary, conditional waiver scheme in several states. This is not the first time the secretary has issued waivers – bypassing Congress to dictate education po... More