Federal Legislation
February 26, 2014

H.R. 4008—Educational Freedom Act of 2014

Action Requested:
HSLDA requests that you call your U.S. representative and urge him or her to cosponsor this bill. You can find your representative’s contact information online. It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. See "background" below for talking points.

Summary:
The Education Freedom Act of 2014 would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to explicitly prohibit the federal government from supporting the Common Core State Standards Initiative in any way. The bill clearly states that officers and employees of the federal government are prohibited from offering any incentives of any kind in exchange for a state’s adoption or support of the Common Core Standards. The bill also clearly explains that no officer or employee of the Federal Government is permitted to make financial support of any kind, available to states for implementing the Common Core or in any way aligning themselves with Common Core Standards.

Introduced: 2/6/2014 Referred to Committee on Education and the Workforce

Sponsor: Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11)

Bill Summary and Status: H.R. 4008

HSLDA’s Position: Support

Background:
HSLDA strongly opposes the Common Core, in large measure due to the federal government’s use of tax dollars to coerce states into adopting the Common Core. This bill is critically important in order to keep Washington, D.C., from using taxpayer dollars to pressure states into adopting specific education policy. Parents, teachers, and local school districts, not education bureaucrats in Washington should be in charge of the critical decisions of what, when, and how children learn. The success of homeschooling shows that greater freedom and less top-down control helps lead to academic success.

HSLDA also opposes the Common Core’s overarching philosophy of centralized educational planning. The standards create a one-size-fits-all approach to education and rest on the assumption that every child must learn the same things at the same speed.

The key to educational success is empowering parents and teachers, not educational bureaucrats. As public school test scores and graduation rates continue to fall, it is disappointing to see that the Common Core continues to follow the failed approach of greater national control over education instead of empowering parents, teachers, and local schools.

This bill is necessary in order to restore educational decisions back where they belong: to parents, teachers, and school districts at the local level.

 Other Resources

Visit HSLDA’s website on Common Core.

Read more information about the Common Core.

Read the bill text.