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Walker Introduces A-PLUS Act to Empower Parents and Teachers

January 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) yesterday introduced the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS), a bill that would empower parents, teachers and local administrators to better address the needs of students and schools in their communities.

"This week, we celebrate national school choice and the boundless potential of every American child," Walker said. "We also recognize North Carolina – and the many other states – who have championed education reforms that are unlocking abundant opportunities for our children."

“Innovation starts in our communities, not in Washington," Walker added. "A-PLUS will restore local control and empower parents and teachers to help ensure each child has access to a quality education and the possibility to achieve their dreams.”

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.

The bill also allows states to consolidate funding for any or all programs that are authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). 

You can read the full text of the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS) here.

The introduction of this legislation follows Walker's efforts in the 114th Congress with a similar amendment to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act.  The amendment was narrowly rejected by a vote of 195-235 in July of 2015.