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Heck: Time to Give Control Back to State and Local Leaders Who Know Our Kids Best

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

Watch Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) explain how the bill will restore local control in our schools: 


The Student Success Act will put an end to top-down reforms and put control back in the hands of the state and local leaders who know our kids best.

The Student Success Act:

  • Eliminates the one-size-fits-all federal accountability system and instead calls on each state to develop and implement a tailored approach that more accurately evaluates student achievement.
  • Frees each state to implement improvement strategies to raise the bar on low-performing schools.
  • Upholds high standards for student achievement. Schools must continue to disaggregate data to identify and help close student achievement gaps.  
  • Repeals arbitrary federal funding requirements that restrict states’ ability to prioritize funding to the most effective initiatives.
  • Grants school districts the freedom to distribute federal funds based on the needs of their own student populations, allowing superintendents and principals to target federal funds to support a better classroom experience.

To see part one in the series, which explains how the Student Success Act will reduce the federal footprint in education, click here. To watch part two, on the legislation’s provisions to support more effective teachers, click here.

To learn more about the bill, visit

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