What If Congress Doesn't Replace NCLB? Part II
Part II: Ineffective, inflexible federal law will remain the norm
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2015
The Obama administration’s temporary, conditional waiver scheme has masked the harsh reality of America’s current K-12 education landscape: No Child Left Behind remains the law of the land. In other words:
The president’s waiver scheme only exacerbates this reality, embedding additional mandates dictated by the Department of Education “for years to come.”
Until Congress passes a new K-12 education law, students, states, and school districts will remain tied to a failing status quo that reflects Washington’s heavy-handed approach to education. As the School Superintendents Association wrote of NCLB:
[We] opposed No Child Left Behind since the legislation was introduced, citing the law’s federal overreach, punitive measures, assumption that federal government knows best what local schools need, and unworkable mandates and requirements.
The Student Success Act brings Congress one step closer to replacing NCLB with conservative reforms that reduce the federal role, restore local control, and empower parents and education leaders by:
As former advisor to President Reagan and education scholar at the Heritage Foundation Jeanne Allen recently wrote,
The Student Success Act represents the epitome of both a conservative agenda and a move toward providing equity and educational justice to children whose parents and teachers are their best advocates. Failing to pass it reinforces bad policy and does nothing to help our children or our nation gain a competitive edge.
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) said of the need for legislative action, “Americans have waited long enough for reforms that will fix a broken education system.” It’s time for Congress to enact a new law that helps every student in every school receive an excellent education. It’s time to pass the Student Success Act.
To learn more about the Student Success Act, click here.
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