Student Success Act: Prohibiting Federal Involvement in Common Core
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 18, 2015
The Obama administration has taken unprecedented action to further expand the federal footprint in America’s classrooms. Through the administration’s waiver scheme and pet programs such as Race to the Top, the Secretary of Education has used taxpayer dollars to coerce states into enacting the president’s preferred education reforms. For example, the administration has pressured states into adopting Common Core academic standards, despite the fact current law prohibits the federal government from approving or certifying any form of academic standards. The intent of the law was to prevent Washington from interfering with academic standards, an exclusively state and local responsibility. Rather than help fix a broken K-12 education system, the Obama administration’s unprecedented, unilateral actions surrounding Common Core have created confusion and frustration among state and local education leaders.
Congress must take action to rein in the Obama administration’s executive overreach and restore state and local control over academic standards. The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) will take definitive steps to limit the Secretary of Education’s authority, placing responsibility for classroom decisions back in the hands of parents and education leaders who know their children best. The legislation includes specific provisions to prevent the secretary from coercing states to adopt Common Core.
H.R. 5 – STUDENT SUCCESS ACT:
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