U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today introduced legislation to put local school districts back in control of our schools and ensure that that classrooms are not being over-regulated by the federal government.
"No one knows the needs and priorities of local schools better than our teachers, parents and administrators," said Davis. "That's why they need the authority to carry out the mission of educating our children. But far too often we see rules and regulations from the federal government making it incredibly difficult for them to achieve their goals. This legislation seeks to address some of these issues by engaging community participation on proposed rules and placing new requirements on the Department of Education and their rule-making process."
The legislation, known as the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act, would assist the 861 school districts in Illinois by preventing the Department of Education from issuing rules that conflict with a school's mission, goals, budget priorities and educational programs.
The bill also ensures that schools are not spending their limited resources on complying with duplicative and unnecessary regulations put forth by the federal government and requires the Department of Education to seek and asses the input from local school boards, superintendents, principals and teachers before issuing new rules, regulations, guidance materials and grant conditions.