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Rep. Tom Graves votes to repeal No Child Left Behind, stop Common Core

tom-gravesBill Empowers Local Communities and Parents, Limits Federal Role in Education

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation that repeals and replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) while blocking federal funding for Common Core: 

“While well intentioned, No Child Left Behind is failed Bush-era policy that expanded the federal government's role in education with one-size-fits-all mandates. After hearing from parents, students and educators across the 14th District for several years, I firmly believe we must repeal and replace NCLB with legislation that returns power to our local communities. That’s exactly what the Student Success Act does.

“This bill prevents the federal government from coercing states into adopting Common Core, and allows states to develop testing curricula that best fits their needs with no strings attached. Importantly, the bill protects religious freedoms, and ensures private schools and those who are homeschooled are free from federal control. It also completely eliminates 65 ineffective or duplicative federal programs.

“Passing the Student Success Act is a step toward taking power away from the Obama administration and giving it back to states, localities, parents and teachers who really know what is best for their kids.”



+3 #1 Guest 2015-07-11 07:42
Sorry Tom Graves, but you did not "stop Common Core" and you did not "get rid of NCLB". The student success act is just more of the same. It keeps the very worst parts of NCLB. If this bill gets through the senate and is signed by the President, our children will be doomed to years more of mandatory high-stakes testing. Students will continue to spend a large percentage of their school days being taught to take a test instead of being taught things of educational value. Data collection, including psychological profiling, will continue. The privacy of our children and their families has been sold to the highest bidders - McGraw Hill and Pearson.
The corporations profiting from high stakes testing have spent billions lobbying Tom Graves and the rest of our legislators. What a shame that they caved and put the interests of lobbyist above the interest of our children.
Tom Graves - either you don't know what you voted for, or you don't want the rest of us to know. You certainly did not do anything to "Stop Common Core" or get rid of NCLB by voting yes on the student success act!
Dorothy Kitching
+4 #2 Dorothy Kitching 2015-07-11 14:02
You, Tom Graves, speak with a forked tongue. As a matter of record we, your constituents KNOW you voted YEAH to HR 5. Your blatant approval of the HR 5 shows you have no respect for the future of American children. You will not ever get a vote from me again.

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