03.14.16

Senator David Perdue Opposes Confirmation of Secretary of Education

We cannot turn back the clock by empowering one of Common Core's biggest supporters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), the son of two school teachers and advocate for less federal control of education, released the following statement after voting against the confirmation of John B. King, Jr. as Department of Education Secretary:

“After making some progress on stopping the federal government from mandating one-size-fits-all education standards, we cannot turn back the clock by empowering one of Common Core's biggest supporters. Instead, Georgians want to see Washington's involvement in state and local education decisions scaled back dramatically, and I will continue to fight to empower parents and teachers to help all students succeed.”

Last year, Senator Perdue voted to get Washington out of our classrooms, end Common Core, and significantly reduce federal control of education by consolidating 49 federal programs. This legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, was ultimately signed into law.