Senator David Perdue Votes To Allow States to Opt Out of Common Core

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today voted for a budget amendment proposed by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) which would prohibit the federal government from mandating or coercing states to adopt specific academic standards, including the Common Core standards, curriculum, or assessments. The Local Control of Education Act would also allow states that choose to opt out of Common Core to remain eligible for Race to the Top funding and waivers from No Child Left Behind.

“We cannot allow the Obama Administration to force states into Common Core,” said Senator Perdue. “States must be allowed to tailor their education systems to their students’ needs. The twenty-first century can also be an ‘American Century,’ and we’ll need an educated workforce to out-innovate, out-work, and out-dream the rest of the world.

“But sending more money and power to Washington is not going to give our kids the tools they need to succeed. We must send those resources to back to our local communities where parents, teachers, and local officials can best help each child succeed. In the Senate, I will continue to fight against Washington’s harmful overreach, and fight for the local control of educational choices for Georgians and all Americans.”