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Long Leaves Behind ‘No Child Left Behind', Votes for Reform & State, Local Control

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday, 218-213, to reform No Child Left Behind with H.R. 5, the Student Success Act.  This reform bill would reduce federal influence in education and empower state and local education programs.

     “Federal funds have poured into the education system over the decades with minimal result.  The federal takeover in educational programs has only led us to have 38 percent of high school seniors reading at grade level.  Top-down, single-size performance standards and assessments have only hurt students everywhere.  After all, every school district across the Ozarks and the country has different needs.  The Student Success Act solves this problem; and, it would allow states to form their own education standards, end the federal Adequate Yearly Progress program used to influence every public school curriculum in the country and gives states and school districts the power to establish performance standards and publish the results for parents to hold schools accountable,” Long said.

     H.R. 5 would eliminate 69 federal grant programs and form a new Local Academic Flexible Grant program.  With it, program funding would be divided among the states, which will tailor competitive and formula grant opportunities to the needs within the state and award as it deems fit.  It would also prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from stipulating Common Core standards as a condition of grant funds.

     “Our students benefit most when our education system works from the bottom-up.  The Student Success Act places more control over academic achievement in the hands of states and local schools and out of the federal government’s hands.  This bill is an A+ for our children and a bright, opportunity-filled future.”