Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Arkansas Delegation Votes To Empower Arkansas Students, Teachers, Parents, and Schools

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. H.R. 5 - "To support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children's schools, and for other purposes." It includes amendments that will ensure states’ ability to opt out of Common Core and allow parents to opt their children out of federal testing requirements. All members of the Arkansas delegation, Rick Crawford (AR-1), French Hill *AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3) and Bruce Westerman (AR-4) voted in favor of the bill which passed by a close vote of 218-213. Twenty-seven republicans joined 186 Democrats in voting against the bill.

Rep. French Hill issued the following statement after the passage of the bill:

“The Administration’s one-size-fits-all, top-down approach for our Nation’s education system has burdened our local school districts, hindered the education of students in Arkansas, limited choices for parents, and obstructed innovation by teachers in the classroom. I have long held the belief the federal government shouldn’t dictate the standards and testing practices of states educating students in America. This bill gives states and local school districts the autonomy and flexibility to provide students with an effective education, while empowering Arkansas students, teachers, and parents, not bureaucrats from Washington.”

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