Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5):
"Like most folks, I believe our children should have equal opportunity in education, and state and local school districts should have the freedom to decide how to best serve the educational needs of our communities. That's why I support the Student Success Act, which empowers parents, restores local control, supports effective teachers and reduces our reliance on Washington."
H.R. 5 removes federal authority and restores state and local control of our nation's schools. It also eliminates more than 70 duplicative and ineffective programs and replaces them with the Local Academic Flexible Grant, giving local school districts the ability to prioritize their unique needs. It prohibits the Secretary of Education form coercing states into adopting specific academic standards, including Common Core. The legislation also reauthorizes the Charter Schools Program and supports Impact Aid for school districts affected by the presence of federal installations and land.