House Speaker John Boehner today applauded House passage of the Student Success Act, which replaces top-down Washington mandates with conservative reforms to reduce the federal footprint, restore local control, and empower parents and local leaders to hold schools accountable for results:
“Education ought to be the civil right of the 21st century, and it will be so as long as we make sure our students have the freedom to fulfill their potential.
“The Student Success Act replaces top-down mandates with conservative reforms that empower the parents, teachers, and administrators at the heart of our education system. If we make this bill law, Washington will have fewer programs, less power, and no authority to coerce states into adopting Common Core. If we make this bill law, there will be real local control, more high-quality charter schools, and more flexibility for Title I funds to follow low-income children to the school of their family’s choosing.
“We talk about education reform often, but the fact that one out of every five of our students is dropping out of school should give all of us a real sense of urgency about this. We can’t allow our children to be trapped by their zip code, their income, or their background – not in the Land of Opportunity. I commend John Kline, Todd Rokita, and the members of the Education & the Workforce Committee for their hard work and persistence. Let’s turn this first step into real momentum and meaningful progress for the country.”
Source: Speaker Boehner’s Press Office