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Roby: Student Success Act Gets Washington Bureaucrats Out of K-12 Schools

House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans today released the first in a series of videos highlighting the four key principles of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation to reform the nation’s K-12 education system.

Watch Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) explain how the bill will reduce federal intrusion in schools and put more control in the hands of state and local leaders:


We can’t afford to keep doing the same thing expecting different results. By getting Washington out of the way, the Student Success Act will help ensure a brighter future for our kids.

The Student Success Act:

  • Reins in the Secretary of Education by prohibiting the secretary from coercing states into adopting specific academic standards and imposing extraneous conditions on state and school districts in exchange for a waiver of K-12 education law.
  • Protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by removing the secretary’s authority to add new requirements to federal programs.
  • Prioritizes state and local decision-making by scrapping the federally-dictated accountability and school improvement systems and the onerous Highly Qualified Teacher requirements, instead empowering states to develop and implement individual systems that are more closely aligned with local priorities.
  • Eliminates more than 70 federal K-12 education programs, consolidating program funding into a Local Academic Flexible Grant that school districts will use to support local priorities.
  • Repeals federal funding requirements that arbitrarily restrict state and local policymakers’ ability to set their own budget priorities.

In a video released last week, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) discussed the challenges facing our schools and the need for reform. To watch the video, click here

To learn more about H.R. 5 and the committee’s efforts to reduce the federal footprint in education, visit

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