Olson Acts to Empower Parents and Schools with Student Success Act
Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) last night voted to empower parents and education leaders by replacing the Washington-knows-best approach to education with conservative reforms that reduce the federal footprint and restore local control. Olson voted for H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, which will put education decisions back where they belong, at the state and local level. It will also provide critical flexibility by giving states the flexibility they need to deliver an excellent education for every child in every school.
â€œProviding a strong education that gives our children the tools they need to succeed is a critical role rightly empowered to states and localities across America,â€ Rep. Olson said. â€œThis bill provides needed relief from one-size-fits-all federal mandates that tie the hands of local educators and parents. This is an important step in putting control of education where it belongs â€“ outside of the federal government.â€
The Student Success Act:
Prevents the Secretary of Education from creating additional burdens on states and school districts, particularly in the areas of standards, assessments, and accountability plans;
Restores state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by preventing the federal government from coercing states into adopting Common Core or any other common standards or assessments;
Expands educational options for parents and children by reforming the Charter School Program to support the development and replication of high-quality charter schools;
Provides states and school districts needed flexibility to effectively and efficiently improve student learning;
Eliminates more than 65 ineffective, duplicative, and unnecessary federal programs and replace this maze of programs with a Local Academic Flexible Grant; and
Ends the era of federally-mandated high stakes testing, while ensuring parents, taxpayers, and education leaders have the information they need to hold their neighborhood schools accountable.
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