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Guthrie: Kids Need the Brightest Teachers in the Classroom

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

Watch Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) explain how the bill will help school districts get better teachers in the classroom:

In order to succeed in school and in life, kids need the brightest teachers in the classroom. The Student Success Act will help make this important goal a reality. 

The Student Success Act:

  • Repeals federal "Highly Qualified Teacher" requirements.
  • Supports the development and implementation of teacher evaluation systems to ensure parents have the information they need to make decisions about their child’s education.
  • Sets broad parameters – including linkages to student achievement data – that must be included in any teacher evaluation system, but allows states and school districts to design their own systems.
  • Requires states and school districts to seek input from parents, teachers, school leaders, and other staff as they develop the evaluation system.
  • Directs states and school districts to make personnel decisions based on the evaluations, as determined by the school district.
  • Consolidates teacher quality programs into a new Teacher and School Leader Flexible Grant, which supports creative approaches to recruit and retain effective educators.

To see part one in the series, which explains how the Student Success Act will reduce the federal footprint in education, click here.

To learn more about the bill, visit

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