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Walker, DeSantis Fight to Further Return Control of Education Back to States and Local Communities

February 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) and U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis (FL-06) have introduced the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) amendment to H.R. 5 the Student Success Act. A-PLUS aims to restore state and local control of education by giving them the option to decline participation in the prescriptive and onerous requirements of federal education programs and focus that funding on solutions that meet their community needs.

“Innovation starts locally – not in Washington.  Teachers and parents know best how to meet the unique needs of their children and students, and we have seen time and time again that Washington’s top-down approach does not work,” said Rep. Walker. Adding, “A-PLUS enables states the flexibility to completely opt out and dictate how to best utilize federal education funding. This amendment to the Student Success Act is common-sense, conservative education reform that strengthens the broader legislation's goal of removing the federal government from classrooms.”

Rep. DeSantis added, “The federal government should not be imposing mandates on states and local communities regarding K-12 education. The amendment that we are offering liberates states from burdensome and ineffective regulations, providing local communities with the flexibility to use federal education funding for programs that they believe will best increase the success of students in the classroom.”

Click here for full text of the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) amendment to H.R. 5 the Student Success Act.

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