WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans today released the first in a series of videos highlighting the four key principles of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation to reform the nation’s K-12 education system.
The Student Success Act:
• Reins in the Secretary of Education by prohibiting the secretary from coercing states into adopting specific academic standards and imposing extraneous conditions on state and school districts in exchange for a waiver of K-12 education law.
• Protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by removing the secretary’s authority to add new requirements to federal programs.
• Prioritizes state and local decision-making by scrapping the federally-dictated accountability and school improvement systems and the onerous Highly Qualified Teacher requirements, instead empowering states to develop and implement individual systems that are more closely aligned with local priorities.
• Eliminates more than 70 federal K-12 education programs, consolidating program funding into a Local Academic Flexible Grant that school districts will use to support local priorities.
• Repeals federal funding requirements that arbitrarily restrict state and local policymakers’ ability to set their own budget priorities.
In a video released last week, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) discussed the challenges facing our schools and the need for reform.
To learn more about H.R. 5 and the committee’s efforts to reduce the federal footprint in education, visit edworkforce.house.gov/StudentSuccessAct.
Roby's videos can be seen at this link; http://edworkforce.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8538.