Every child in America deserves access to a quality education and I am committed to giving teachers and parents the tools they need to help students achieve excellence. In Minnesota, we are fortunate to have one of the best education systems in the nation, and I believe Congress must ensure states like ours can continue to pursue teaching methods that work while helping the nation's low-performing schools improve.
As the mother of five biological children and 23 foster children, I know firsthand that every child learns in a different way and believe teachers must have the ability to tailor lesson plans to meet the needs of each child. While well-intended, the No Child Left Behind Act has created a classroom environment of "teaching to the test," a one-size-fits-all approach to learning that does not work well for every student. That's why I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 1539, the A-Plus Act, which would allow states to develop their own curriculums under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education. This would give local school administrators, teachers and parents the flexibility to determine what teaching strategies are most effective for their students while improving accountability in the classroom.