Advancing Republican Principles: K-12 Education Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2015
No Child Left Behind was based on good intentions, but it was also based on the flawed premise that Washington knows best what students need to excel in school. The law led to the greatest federal intrusion into K-12 classrooms and failed to provide students the quality education they need to succeed in life. Instead of working with Congress to replace the law, the Obama administration has been setting national education policy through conditional waivers. Now, parents, teachers, superintendents, and state and local leaders are more frustrated than ever with the federal government micromanaging the schools in their local communities.
House Republicans have long fought to replace No Child Left Behind with a new law based on three basic principles:
After years of executive overreach and congressional inaction, Congress is finally poised to replace No Child Left Behind. Both the House and Senate passed separate bills to reform K-12 education, and a joint conference committee has approved a final proposal to improve elementary and secondary education. On behalf of students, families, teachers, school leaders, and taxpayers, this bipartisan, bicameral proposal advances all three principles supported by House Republicans.
Reducing the federal role
The secretary cannot require states to adopt Common Core, or condition receipt of funds on adoption of Common Core. Also, the secretary cannot punish states for getting out of Common Core or changing their standards in any way.
The secretary is prohibited from adding any new requirements on states and schools not required in law. For example, the secretary cannot mandate teacher evaluations because they are not required by law.
Restoring local control
The proposal agreed to by the House and Senate conference committee will replace No Child Left Behind with new policies that reduce the federal role, restore local control, and empower parents – principles House Republicans have long championed. It’s time to move forward. If Congress fails to act:
Now is the time to reduce the federal footprint in the nation’s classrooms and give parents and state and local leaders the certainty and flexibility they need to deliver students an excellent education. Stay tuned over the next few days to learn more about how the House and Senate conference agreement on K-12 education reform will do just that.
To read the final bill, click here.
To learn more, visit republicans-edlabor.house.gov/k12education.
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