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Student Success Act Passes

posted Jul 29, 2013, 8:59 AM by gjones@modoccoe.k12.ca.us
This is a message from our congressional representative. This is a great divide between the House Resolution mentioned below and the Senate's action on reauthorizing ESEA (NCLB). No compromise is evident at this point.

Last week, I voted in favor of the “Student Success Act” (H.R. 5). This legislation comprehensively reforms No Child Left Behind. Among other changes, the bill blocks the Secretary of Education from coercing states to adopt Common Core standards, eliminates 70 ineffective programs to prioritize local initiatives, and reauthorizes the Charter School Program, which provides grants to support the implementation and evaluation of charter schools. The bill passed on a 221-207 vote and will be delivered to the Senate for consideration.

States and local school boards have been asking for fewer federal mandates and more flexibility to address their own unique needs. This bill gives them both, while ensuring that we maintain high standards for teachers and students. H.R. 5 increases local school boards’ ability to determine teacher standards and gives parents greater choice in their children’s education by supporting charter school start-ups. It’s time that we end the administration’s tactic of offering states waivers from some federal requirements in exchange for prioritizing the President’s own Common Core program. Under this measure, states get the flexibility they need without being forced into a program that can be more restrictive and counterproductive than existing rules.