Tipton Votes to Reform Education System, Foster Student Success

Jul 19, 2013 Issues: Education

CO State Board of Education Member Voices Support for the Bill

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted to restore local control of education decisions, empowering parents, teachers and states with the ability to ensure that students receive the best possible education. The House passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and it now goes to the Senate.

“Today we voted to permanently fix the problems that have plagued our schools by reducing Washington’s interference with states’, parents’ and teachers’ ability to provide our kids with the best possible education.  Education matters are most effectively handled at the local level, by empowering those that know our kids’ needs best to make decisions for their education—not Washington. If we follow the ‘Washington knows best’ mentality, then Washington will continue to direct our much needed education dollars toward meeting the costs of administration, rather than enriching the minds of our children,” said Tipton. “Under the current system, states like Colorado are required to surrender control of the content taught in local classrooms by having to agree to national standards and tests, and are also unable to implement their own requirements to ensure that effective teachers are in classrooms. The product of this system has been discouraging, with nearly 1 in 4 students failing to graduate from high school on time, and only a third of eighth graders able to read at a proficient level. The federal system has let our kids down. We can do better, and this legislation will ensure that our kids receive the quality education they deserve.”

“I commend the House Education and Workforce Committee for the Student Success Act,” said Colorado State Board of Education member Marcia Neal (3rd District). “States, local districts and parents must always be the primary drivers of our children's education and this bill, by reducing the federal footprint in our local schools, brings that focus back to us.”

Background on the Student Success Act Courtesy of the House Education Workforce Committee:

  • Eliminates Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and replaces it with state-determined accountability systems, thereby returning authority for measuring student performance to states and school districts.
      
  • Eliminates federally mandated actions and interventions currently required of poor performing schools, giving states and districts maximum flexibility to develop appropriate school improvement strategies and rewards for their schools.
      
  • Repeals federal “Highly Qualified Teacher” requirements and directs states and school districts to develop teacher evaluation systems that measure an educator’s influence on student learning.  These evaluations must be locally developed and implemented within broad parameters that factor in student achievement, incorporate multiple measures, and include feedback from all stakeholders.
      
  • Consolidates a myriad of existing K-12 education programs into a new Local Academic Flexible Grant, which provides funding to states and school districts to support local priorities that improve student achievement.
      
  • Supports opportunities for parents to enroll their children in local magnet schools and charter schools, and enhances statewide parental engagement.
      
  • Protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by limiting the authority of the secretary of education, including by eliminating the secretary’s ability to inappropriately influence state decisions to adopt the Common Core or other common standards or assessments.

Read more on the Education and Workforce Committee website.

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