WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) today issued the following statement as the House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation to rewrite federal K-12 education law:
“As a mother of three wonderful children – I care deeply about improving the quality of our education system. And for far too long, Washington has stopped listening to our parents, teachers, school boards, superintendents and local leaders about determining what’s best for our kids. That’s not right, especially when it comes to ensuring that our children receive the best education possible.
“It’s time to get Washington out of the way and start empowering our local communities. That’s why I voted for the Student Success Act, which would restore local control; empower parents; eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic red tape and intrusion in schools; and support innovation and excellence in the classroom. This legislation would also derail the Secretary of Education from adopting a national curriculum through the Common Core State Standards, and stop the government from coercing one-size-fits all standards in our local classrooms.
“This Congress has an opportunity to get to work and enact meaningful reforms to put our children first, and I’m hopeful for the future of this great country.”