Our public schools should be able to provide our children with a quality education that allows them to be successful in life. While funding for public education is primary the job of state and local government, support from the federal government has increased significantly in recent years. Unfortunately, this increase in funding has resulted in increased federal control of our public education system.
I believe that when it comes to our children's education, decisions should be made by parents, teachers, and school board members -- not Washington bureaucrats. Parents ought to have a choice for how they can improve the quality of education their kids receive. As a parent, I want to ensure that parents have the flexibility to choose the school that they feel is best for their child.
* Iam a cosponsor of the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act which gives states the flexibility they need to implement child-first initiatives to ensure the efficiency and accountability that parents deserve.This legislation provides much needed flexibility for children, parents, and teachers, while still requiring schools to be accountable.However, instead of being accountable to the Department of Education in Washington, A-PLUS places school accountability where it belongs, with the parents, school board members, and state legislators.
* I am also an original cosponsor of the Priorities in Education Spending Act which would repeal a number of ineffective and unnecessary federal education programs. This bill will stand up for students and taxpayers, and for future generations by proposing real solutions to reform federal spending and invest more wisely in education.