Congressman Blum Votes To Reduce Federal Control of K-12 Education
Every Student Succeeds Act will empower Iowa schools and parents
Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement on his vote for S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act. The legislation, which sets K-12 education policy and replaces No Child Left Behind, passed with a large bipartisan majority of 359 - 64.
“This legislation represents the largest rollback of federal involvement in education in 25 years, and will better allow our local schools and parents the flexibility to implement education policies that work best for Iowa students instead of being forced to accept the mandates and requirements created by No Child Left Behind.”
“Further, this bill explicitly prohibits the Federal government from coercing states to accept the Common Core standards. Individual states and local school districts will have the power to design rigorous standards that work for their students instead of being compelled to operate under one size fits all mandates like Common Core.”
“I am also pleased that this legislation -- while falling short of implementing full Title 1 portability -- creates a pilot program in 50 school districts to experiment with the exciting concept of allowing funding to follow individual students. I believe strongly that school choice is a key to better public education and this is a step in the right direction.”
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.