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House Pushes Student Success Act as NCLB Replacement
posted by: Ruthie | June 19, 2013, 07:08 PM   

Today, members of the House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee passed the Student Success Act through committee. This legislation, introduced by Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Representative Rokita (R-IN) will rewrite K-12 education law, also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and is designed to provide state and local leaders the flexibility necessary to innovate in the classroom and raise student achievement.

The student success act has four main goals: reducing the federal foot print, restoring local control, supporting effective teachers, and empowering parents. "It's time for a different approach, one that puts control back in the hands of the parents, teachers, administrators, and leaders who know our students best," said Rokita.

Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) concurred, "I trust the teacher in the classroom a lot more than I trust anyone on this panel."

Democrats objected to the GOP bill, arguing that it does a poor job of ensuring all students have access to high quality education, especially lower income or minority students.

Similarly, civil rights advocates and business groups, including the Education Trust and the US Chamber of Commerce wrote a statement saying, "We believe the legislation falls short of the lessons learned" from NCLB's shortcomings. "We are disappointed that the legislation does not demand targeted support and real improvement for students stuck in low-performing schools."

The Senate's rewrite of NCLB, shifting responsibility from the previous one-size-fits-all approach and allowing state officials to write their own school improvement plan, remains under consideration. Education advocates maintain that even if the Student Success Act is passed by the full House of Representatives, it would face a tough road when being reconciled in the Senate.

Click here to read the Student Success Act.

Click here to watch Representative Rokita's talk about the new legislation.

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