To the editor,
Stopping Common Core and Shrinking the Federal Government
Some are attempting to disparage Rep. Virginia Foxx for her support of a recent education law passed by Congress. Some have claimed it is bad policy or that it encourages Common Core or even that it reauthorizes No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
That would be cause for concern to me, so I researched the matter.
What I found was this: the AP reported that the bill in question, the Every Student Succeeds Act (HR5), “end(s) federal efforts to encourage academic standards such as Common Core.”
Then I read in Education Week that this legislation “scales back the federal role in education for the first time since the early 1980s.”
Finally, I learned that not only does this bill completely overhaul NCLB, but it also completely eliminated 49 ineffective federal education programs and ends the ridiculous Adequate Yearly Progress standards that put federal bureaucrats in charge of rating our schools.
So to recap, this legislation keeps the federal government from forcing Common Core on states, reduces the federal government’s role in education and saves us money by eliminating nearly 50 useless programs.
I would like to thank Virginia Foxx for helping fellow conservatives put some points on the board in this area—for the first time since the 1980’s.