After hearing from parents, students and educators from across the 14th District for several years, I say good riddance to No Child Left Behind (NCLB)! While well intentioned, NCLB is failed Bush-era policy that expanded the federal government's role in education with one-size-fits-all mandates.
The replacement bill, which passed the House today, is called the Student Success Act. It prevents the federal government from coercing states into adopting Common Core, and allows states to develop testing curricula that best fits their needs with no strings attached.
Importantly, the bill protects religious freedoms, and ensures private schools and those who are homeschooled are free from federal control. It also completely eliminates 65 ineffective or duplicative federal programs.
Passing the Student Success Act is a step toward taking power away from the Obama administration and giving it back to states, localities, parents and teachers who really know what is best for their kids.
Congressman Tom Graves