My experience with my own children has shown me that no “one size fits all” education exists, and Washington should not be in the business of trying to create such a system.

Taxpayers pay an estimated $120,000 for the education of each student from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Americans should have more say in how that money is spent. Common Core and other standards that the federal government tries to press on the impose on states removes the authority of the people back home from being able to choose the best education for their children.

This is why I supported and voted for the Student Success Act. This act returns education decision-making to the states and encourages localized reform of education.

The key facts about the States’ Rights with Student Success Act are:

  • Gives parents and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to voice their concerns and encourage their state to reject the funds and any requirements attached to those funds.
  • Included specific language that prohibits the federal government from bullying states into adopting Common Core or other national standards and assessments.
  • Allows states to find and choose tactics that will help failing schools, not the federal government.

Federal standards on education do not work in the best favor for the children of our country. Education reform should start with the people, not with the federal government. As the husband of a elementary school teacher I fully understand the struggles and frustrations that students, parents, and teachers feel in the classroom. I am working hard to cut back on the testing and standards forced upon teachers and students so our teachers can do what they do best: teach.