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Broun Votes for Bill to Challenge Common Core and Empower States

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Washington, Jul 19, 2013 | comments
U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today voted in support of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. H.R. 5 would reauthorize and reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind. Among other reforms, the bill includes Congressman Broun’s amendment to require the Secretary of Education to disclose the average salaries and job functions of Department of Education employees; language challenging the use of Common Core; and an amendment which would empower states by giving them the opportunity to accept or reject federal grant money, with leftover funding going towards deficit reduction.

“While I have long believed that our federal government should not have a role in education, I voted in support of this bill because it empowers our states and lessens the impact of Common Core, which I have consistently opposed,” said Rep. Broun. “While I believe that this bill is a step in the right direction, I remain concerned about the blatant overreach of the federal government in our education system, placing mandate after mandate upon school systems in Georgia. The final say on education issues shouldn’t be given to fat-cat bureaucrats in Washington, many of whom have never taught a child to read. Instead, this power should be given to those who know the students, their families, and their teachers best: state and local governments. It’s time we get the federal government’s shackles off of our teachers, so we can have a world class educational system here in Georgia.”

H.R. 5 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 221-207. 

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