The north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa today voted in favor of the “Student Success Act” (H.R. 5), which seeks to reduce federal education mandates, increase state flexibility and allow more local school board input when determining teacher standards. H.R. 5 also reauthorizes the Charter School Program, which provides grants to support the implementation and evaluation of charter schools. The bill passed on a 221-207 vote and now moves to the Senate.
“States and local school boards have been asking for fewer federal mandates and more flexibility to address their own unique needs," LaMalfa said. "This bill gives them both, while ensuring that we maintain high standards for teachers and students. We’ve increased local school boards’ ability to determine teacher standards and given parents greater choice in their children’s education by supporting charter school start-ups.”
The bill also curtails the influence of the federal Secretary of Education in order to protect states from being forced to adopt Common Core standards, LaMalfa's office explains.