Federal Legislation
June 26, 2015

H.R. 2803—"To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure State control over academic standards, and for other purposes."

Summary:
HR 2803 allows states to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards, and the accompanying curricula and assessments. It also prohibits the Federal Department of Education from taking action against states that withdraw from the Common Core State Standards through grants or contracts.

Status:
Referred to House Education and Workforce Committee (6/17/2015)

Action requested:
None at this time

Sponsor:
Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY)

Bill Summary and Status H.R. 2803

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Background:
This legislation is important because it prevents Department of Education backlash against states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards. The Department of Education used grants and waivers through Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind to incentivize states to adopt Common Core. Similarly, they could threaten to cut provision of this money to states that withdraw from the Common Core.

HSLDA strongly opposes the Common Core State Standards, in large measure due to the federal government’s use of tax dollars to coerce states into adopting the Common Core. 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.

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