Georgia's freshman rep. casts vote to keep federal government out of the classroom

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) voted in favor of the Student Success Act of 2013 (H.R. 5). Introduced by Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Rep. John Kline (R-MN), this legislation will put an end to the Department of Education's overreach in our nation's classrooms and implement local control options to best address students' needs.

Since 2011, the Obama Administration has been offering states temporary waivers from some of the oppressive requirements of No Child Left Behind. H.R. 5 will eliminate President Obama's short-term fixes to a long-term problem by eliminating Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), repealing federal Highly Qualified Teacher requirements, giving states and school districts the ability to develop their own teacher evaluation systems, and removing more than 70 existing elementary and secondary education programs to create a more appropriate, and limited, federal role in education.

On Thursday, Collins offered brief remarks on the House floor in support of the bill. Today, he released the below statement following final passage by the House of Representatives:

"I've been the husband of a school teacher for twenty-five years, and I've never been more excited for the reforms we're making to our education system as I am today," said Collins. "Washington's top-down approach to education has got to go. Unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the Department of Education should not be making one-size-fits all decisions for my three children and countless others who deserve personalized attention that our teachers cannot provide right now because they are too concerned with checking all the necessary boxes required by the federal government. The best educational opportunities exist when the federal government gets out of the way, and gives our teachers the opportunity to actually teach rather than worry about burdensome requirements. I was proud to cast my vote in favor of today's legislation, and I hope Senate Democrats will see the need for serious education reform and bring this bill up for a vote."

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