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Messer: Student Success Act Gives Parents a Stronger Voice in Our Children’s Schools

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

Watch Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) explain how the bill will encourage state and local efforts to improve education options and empower parents:

Parents should have more opportunities to become active in their child’s education. The Student Success Act will reform our education system by putting control back in the hands of parents, school leaders, and local communities.

The Student Success Act:

  • Reauthorizes the Charter School Program, which supports the expansion and replication of high-quality charter schools and provides parents more education choices for their children.
  • Supports a Direct Student Services program that provides funds to school districts interested in offering free tutoring and public school choice options. This replaces current parental choice options that have been eliminated by the Secretary of Education's waiver scheme. 
  • Maintains support for the Magnet School program and its efforts to develop and implement innovative education methods and practices that increase choices in public education.
  • Renames and improves the existing Parental Information and Resource Centers program. The new Family Engagement Centers program will help develop and implement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement.
  • Maintains long-standing parental involvement, consent, and notification provisions in current law. For example, local school districts need to have written policies involving parents in the activities of their schools and ensuring that its programs and activities involve parents.

To view the other videos in the series, click the links below:

Reducing the Federal Footprint

Supporting Effective Teachers

Restoring Local Control

To learn more about the legislation, visit

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