12.09.15

SHRINKING WASHINGTON: Voting For Reduction Of Federal Control In Our Classrooms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement after voting for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which gets Washington out of our classrooms and significantly reduces federal control of our education system:

“This bill will dramatically shrink Washington’s control of education. Georgians have asked Congress to stop the federal government from mandating one-size-fits-all education standards like Common Core and end programs that have bound the hands of our educators. Finally, this bill gives states and local school boards the ability to tailor academic standards to their students’ needs so they can help our children succeed.

“Parents, teachers, and students don’t want Washington micromanaging their education decisions. As the son of two school teachers, I know there is still more work to do, but this is a significant step in the right direction. Our children should not have to wait another school year for Congress to take action.”

Senator Perdue continues to fight for more state and local control of education. Watch the Senator’s previous video statement here. The legislation the Senate passed today:

• Ends Common Core Mandate: Prevents the federal government from mandating or incentivizing states to adopt or maintain any particular set of standards, including Common Core.
• Ends Federal Test-Based Accountability: Replaces the “adequate yearly progress” federal accountability system with a comprehensive state-designed system, allowing for multiple measurement metrics beyond test scores.
• Replaces One-Size-Fits-All Improvement Requirements: Prohibits the federal government from interfering in state and local decisions to fix low-performing schools.
• Consolidates 49 Federal Programs: Provides states and local school districts with more flexibility to spend money in ways that are best for their local student needs.
• Reduces Over-Testing and Teaching To The Test: Reduces the cascade of state and local tests, which were used to prepare students for high-stakes federal tests.