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Student Success Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SALMON. Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. This is the first real glimmer of sanity and common sense on Federal education policy probably in the last 20 or 30 years. I congratulate the chairman.

As one of the speakers said before me, in the last 30 years, our international standing on STEM classes and math and science has gone from first place--I believe we're somewhere between 10th and 15th place on the international test scores.

I used to listen to an adage from my father where he said if you keep doing what you're doing, you're going to keep getting what you're getting. We've had this encroachment of Federal Government time and time again in education policy. It doesn't work. This gives the flexibility to put the decisions back into the local governments--teachers, parents, classrooms, and school boards--and that's where it needs to be. One size does not fit all and Washington is not the font of all knowledge. We can do better and we will do better, and this will do much better

I have two letters from people in my local community, education leaders that have come out in strong support of this bill, and they're hard to please. So I will enter them in the Record.


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