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What They’re Saying About #StudentSuccessAct

“It deserves conservative support.”

Support continues to grow for the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), a proposal the House is currently considering to replace No Child Left Behind. As education stakeholders and conservative leaders reaffirm, the Student Success Act dramatically reduces the federal footprint in the nation’s classrooms and returns responsibility for effectively educating students to parents, teachers, and state and local leaders:

  • [The Student Success Act] is a strong step in the right direction because it restores a more proper balance between federal, state and local government in public education ... The bill recognizes the importance of empowering state and local leaders to use their professional knowledge and proximal location to make the decisions necessary to successfully adhere to their educational missions.  – The Superintendents Association
  • I write … to express our strong support for provisions in the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) that improve the consultation requirements and other conditions connected with providing equitable services for students and teachers in religious and independent schools.  – Committee on Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 
  • H.R. 5 contains a crucial provision to remove the Common Core mandates and would thereby preserve the flexibility and innovative decision making that is best implemented at state and local level by the parents and educators closest to students.  – Family Research Council
  • The Student Success Act reflects a principled, limited federal role. It calls for states to regularly assess students, be transparent about their performance, and abide by sensible restrictions on the use of federal funds. At the same time, it rolls back federal regulations that have stymied schools and makes it easier for states to promote charter schools and public school choice. It deserves conservative support.  – Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute
  • [We wish] to express support for provisions within the bill that improve the consultation requirements and other conditions connected with equitable services to students and teachers in religious and independent schools.  – Council for American Private Education
  • I write to express our support for several important provisions in the Student Success Act, H.R. 5 … We believe the inclusion of the language that strengthens key principles for local decision-making will work to strengthen educational progress for all students.  – American Association of Christian Schools
  • MSBA applauds the goal of H.R. 5 to modernize ESEA for local school districts and we are particularly supportive of the bill’s thrust to restore governance to school districts.  – Minnesota School Boards Association
  • [The Student Success Act] will reduce the role of the federal government in education and allow our nation’s public schools to pursue education reform focused on greater freedom and choice for families.  – Americans for Prosperity
  • [Specific] provisions in the Student Success Act are critical to ensuring that we return educational decisions to the states where they rightfully belong under the U.S. Constitution, and to parents, teachers, and local school boards.  – Home School Legal Defense Association
  • I like [the bill] very much and agree with almost everything … I think these are very thoughtful proposals, real progress on the past. You’ve put your shoulder to the wheel here and produced something very good. We look forward to it and most important to seeing some student success.  – Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan
  • HR 5 (the “Student Success Act”) ... would, if enacted, be the most conservative federal education move in a quarter century. It has the potential to undo nearly all of the mischievous, dysfunctional, intrusive, big-government features of NCLB and return most education responsibility and authority to states, just as the Tenth Amendment prescribes.  – Chester E. Finn, Jr., Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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