Federal Legislation
February 19, 2014

S. 1974—“Learning Opportunities Created At Local Level Act”

Action Requested:
HSLDA requests that you call your two U.S. senators and urge them to co-sponsor this bill. You can find your senators’ contact info by following the link here. It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. See “background” below for talking points.

Summary:
The “LOCAL Level Act” 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.

Status:

1/30/2014 Introduced to the Senate and read twice
1/30/2014 Referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Sponsor: Sen. Pat Roberts (KS)

Bill Summary and Status: S. 1974

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 rests 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.

More information about the Common Core.

Read the bill text.