WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported a major education reform package that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act with greater local control and bipartisan reforms designed to improve K-12 education.
“Education decisions should be made by local school boards, not bureaucrats in Washington. This landmark education package replaces ‘No Child Left Behind’ with reforms that greatly reduces one-size-fits-all Washington policies and restores local control and decision making. These reforms empower parent-teacher decision making at PTA and board of education meetings, not by decrees from the federal government.” said Lance after the vote.
S. 1177, the bipartisan conference agreement negotiated by the House and Senate reduces the federal role in K-12 education by:
- Repealing the federal accountability system
- Ending the era of federally-mandated high-stakes testing
- Prohibiting the secretary of education from dictating national education policy or requiring states to adopt Common Core
- Repealing 49 ineffective and duplicative programs, as well as reducing the size of the federal bureaucracy
And the conference agreement restores local control by:
- Returning responsibility for accountability and school improvement to state and local leaders
- Providing school districts more funding flexibility to help school leaders better target federal resources on local needs and priorities
- Protecting the right of state and local leaders to determine what standards, assessments, and curriculum are best for their students
Providing parents information about local school performance so they can hold their schools accountable
- Strengthening the charter schools program and the magnet schools program to offer parents greater school choice
- Preventing any federal interference in private schools and home schools