Because Americans deserve an education law that will help every student in every school receive an excellent education, it is important to understand how the Student Success Act will improve K-12 education by restoring control over classroom decisions to parents, teachers, and state and local leaders.
The Student Success Act prohibits:
Any agent of the federal government – including the Secretary of Education – from coercing states into adopting Common Core (or other specific standards) through waivers, federal grants, or any other authority;
The Secretary of Education from creating additional burdens on states and school districts, particularly in the areas of standards, assessments, and accountability plans; and
The Secretary of Education from exercising authority he does not have by reforming the regulatory process.
The Student Success Act eliminates:
The current one-size-fits-all national accountability metric that dictates school improvement and turnaround strategies;
Programs the Secretary of Education has used to coerce states to adopt his preferred policies, including Race to the Top;
Existing mandates governing teacher quality and local spending that hamper innovation and hamstring the ability of states and school districts to address the unique needs of their students; and
Sixty-nine ineffective, duplicative, and unnecessary programs and requires a reduction in the department’s workforce by the amount of staff assigned to the eliminated programs.
The Student Success Act protects:
State and local autonomy over accountability, spending, hiring, standards, curriculum, and assessments;
State sovereignty by safeguarding the right of states to opt out of any program under the law;
Parental control over their children’s education by encouraging transparency, flexibility, and choice;
Parents and taxpayers' right to know whether schools are effectively teaching their children;
The autonomy of religious schools, private schools, and home schools by ensuring they are free from the Secretary of Education’s control; and
Student privacy by ensuring every grantee under the law understands their responsibilities to protect student information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.