WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act:
“Student achievement across our nation is falling short despite the fact that overall funding per student has tripled since 1965. Instead of working with Congress to rewrite federal K-12 education law, the Obama Administration expanded its authority over our schools in an unprecedented manner that has done nothing to fix our long-term problem.
“House Republicans know that state and local governments make better decisions for their students, parents, teachers, and administrators than Washington does. That is why we passed the Student Success Act, legislation that reduces the federal government’s footprint in our nation’s classrooms and empowers local communities to lead the way in fixing America’s education system. This responsible legislation eliminates more than 70 wasteful and duplicative federal programs imposed on K-12 classrooms, restores local control, and rewards successful teachers who play a vital role in putting North Texas students on the path towards a brighter future.”