Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger Votes Against Common Core, In Favor Of Increased Local Control In Education

Jul 8, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES AGAINST COMMON CORE, IN FAVOR OF INCREASED LOCAL CONTROL IN EDUCATION

 

WASHINGTON – Acknowledging that Washington bureaucrats know very little of the specific needs of local students, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today voted to end the Federal Government’s ability to coerce states into adopting Common Core or other one-size-fits all education standards.

“My second grade teacher, Mrs. Couser, spent countless hours helping me overcome my inability to read.  She wasn’t forced to teach to a test. Instead, she had freedom to focus on the individual needs of her students. 

“Not only did Mrs. Couser teach me to read, she taught me to love reading!  Today’s teachers and students need the same freedom to focus on specific needs, not arbitrary goals set by a bureaucrat who has never even seen your local school.”

The Student Success Act (H.R. 5):
 

  • Prohibits the Federal Government from coercing states into adopting Common Core or similar standards by withholding federal funds or waivers.
  • Prohibits the Secretary of Education from creating additional burdens on states and local school districts, especially in the areas of standards and assessments.
  • Eliminates 69 ineffective or duplicative federal education programs.
  • Protects the autonomy of religious schools, private schools, and home schools.
  • Increases opportunity for low-income students by allowing Title I funds to follow the student to the traditional public or charter school of their parents’ choice.


“Children are not a mass market product to be churned out at a factory,” commented Congressman Pittenger.  “Local parents and local teachers best understand the need of local students, and today’s vote will help restore more local control in education.”

The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) passed the U.S. House of Representatives this evening by a vote of 218-213.

 

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