Congressman Steve Scalise today successfully fought to take another step towards removing the federal government from classrooms by eliminating certain federally mandated teacher evaluations. The Scalise amendment to the Student Success Act was passed unanimously by voice vote.
"The federal government should not be micro-managing teacher evaluation programs, which are more effectively run at the state and local level," Scalise said. "Parents are in a much better position to hold their state and local school boards accountable for teacher performance than some unelected bureaucrat in Washington. By removing the mandate that allows the federal government to dictate teacher evaluation programs, this amendment stops Washington bureaucrats from overriding the successful education reforms that are improving school performance in states like Louisiana.
"The education reforms in Louisiana, especially the reforms we made in New Orleans which are being recognized as a national model for public education transformation, serve as prime examples of why states and local school systems are better suited to determine student achievement than the federal government. I'm proud to spearhead this amendment and take another key step towards getting the federal government out of the classroom."
The House will vote on final passage of the Student Success Act tomorrow. The Student Success Act replaces No Child Left Behind while reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Scalise amendment specifically eliminates federal mandates requiring teacher evaluations, and gives states and local education authorities the power to develop and implement their own evaluation methods.