Education Reform Bill Passes House

Washington, Jul 19, 2013 -

As a nation, we are obligated to our children's success and as your Congressman I am committed to making sure we provide the best opportunities for our future leaders to succeed. The families here in San Bernardino County demand and deserve an education system that is second to none. Over a decade ago, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act was enacted into law with the best of intentions – to hold schools accountable for student achievement so that the goal of world class education could be realized. However, it has become clear that the law no longer effectively serves the students it seeks to assist. Onerous Washington requirements are stifling innovation in education at the state and local level and hindering the ability of teachers to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century economy.
On Thursday, I supported the passage of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, to address the weaknesses of NCLB. Specifically, the measure eliminates burdensome, one-size-fits-all Washington mandates and restores authority for measuring student achievement to states and local school districts. In addition, it eliminates NCLB requirements that place greater emphasis on teacher credentials rather than their ability to teach our nation’s students, and restores responsibility for establishing teacher evaluation and requirement standards back to the states. We can all think back and remember the teachers who dramatically and positively affected our lives and I pledge to make sure the teachers of our nation continue to play that critical role in the development of our youth.
Ensuring that our children and grandchildren have the opportunity to succeed in today’s economy remains a top priority of mine in Congress.  Settling for anything less than a world-class education system is simply unacceptable. And while some may disagree on the approach to get there, it is a healthy debate that we must have.  To that end, I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do what is necessary to ensure that students in San Bernardino County and across the country have access to the best education we can provide.

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