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Committee Approves K-12 Education Reform Legislation

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Location: Washington, DC

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), today approved the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). Introduced by Chairman Kline and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN), this responsible legislation will rewrite the nation's K-12 education law and put more control in the hands of state and local leaders.

"For too long, politics have stood in the way of real education reform," Chairman Kline said. "Continuing to allow short-term fixes and temporary waivers to take the place of a better law is inexcusable; Congress has a responsibility to move this process forward. The Student Success Act delivers the long-term solutions parents, teachers, and education leaders want and children deserve. The committee took an important step today by approving this responsible legislation, and I look forward to a lively debate on the House floor in the coming weeks."

Rep. Rokita said, "The Student Success Act gives parents, teachers, and state and local leaders the flexibility they need to ensure that every child has an opportunity for a successful future. By preventing excessive federal intrusion in our classrooms, eliminating the existing system of waivers and mandates, and ensuring that parents are equipped with more meaningful information about school performance, we are providing a better way forward for our education system. I'm pleased to have helped lead this bill through the committee and look forward to full passage in the House."

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