Restoring Local Control of K-12 Education
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 1, 2015
Under No Child Left Behind, federal bureaucrats exercise decision-making power that once rested with states and school districts. Today, Washington controls how states hold schools accountable, how schools hire classroom teachers, and how school districts spend taxpayer dollars. States looking for relief from the federal government’s onerous requirements were greeted with new rules set by the Obama administration’s conditional, temporary waiver scheme.
This federal grip on America’s classrooms has limited the ability of parents, teachers, and state and local leaders to deliver a quality education to their students. That is why the House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal that scraps No Child Left Behind and restores local control of K-12 education. Known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, the bicameral, commonsense agreement:
As the Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote,
A bipartisan compromise has emerged from the Senate and House that isn’t perfect but would represent the largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter-century. It’s far better than the status quo that would continue if nothing passes.
Gone are No Child Left Behind’s proficiency benchmarks and mandated federal interventions. The Education Department wouldn’t be able to prescribe accountability systems and standards.
The bicameral conference agreement to replace No Child Left Behind is an important opportunity to restore control of K-12 education to where it belongs: state and local education leaders.
# # #