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house Bill H.R. 5

Cutting Federal Requirements and Giving States More Control Over Education Programs

Argument in favor

Removes the onerous requirements and punishments imposed by No Child Left Behind Act. Also gives states the power to set their own metrics and goals for academic achievement.

Kmueller14's Opinion
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12/16/2015
Politicians need to listen to the teachers on this one. Students are suffering as a direct result from all the standardized testing. Teachers are forced to put students passing these tests above making sure the kids are actually learning, or else they will lose their jobs. Cater to the kids, not the government.
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RetVet's Opinion
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08/09/2015
State Organizations administrate State education...they are responsible for it and how well it is being done. The federal education programs guide and assist...they should never dictate or require qualifying standards to receive federally obtained public funds meant to assist states educate their children and doing their job.
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wdunbar06's Opinion
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03/29/2016
While there should be some standards that are met nationally, IN GENERAL the states and/or teachers should be able to decide what they teach and how they teach it.
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Argument opposed

Destroys federal oversight in public schools, removes a uniform measurement of academic achievement, and allows school districts to allocate unequal funds to different education programs.

LanceCarricoFL's Opinion
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01/29/2016
There must be certain education standards that prevent states from neglecting children with off-the wall learning standards that do nothing to help the students. We need certain standards for teaching and learning at the federal level to ensure every student is given a fair, unindocterinated education free from religeous, or outdated influences/concepts. We must protect our children from bigotry, so all may have a fair chance at aquiring an education.
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Josef-paul's Opinion
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03/25/2016
Students of all ages need to be taught how to compete not only in local and national markets, but on an international level if we're going to insure the future success of America.
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DemocraticDylan's Opinion
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05/01/2016
Every child should have to be taught general subjects and skills. We have seen the results of giving the states control. In some states they have completely white washed education and said slavery was a side issue. Furthermore, in some states they value stem education less and drastically defund programs that can lead to better academic success like Head Start. We need a federal floor for standards to make sure that states do not dilute their classrooms.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed July 19th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 221 Yea / 207 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJune 6th, 2013

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    Federal control over education has led to one size fits all curriculums, which leaves no room for teachers to innovate and increase student performance.
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    The Secretary of Education needs authority to oversee state education.
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    States should have more control over education
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    Definitely and keep the government out of our business.
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    Find me the part in the Constitution that authorizes a federal education jurisdiction and I might change my mind.
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    When the DoE pumps out another standardized test, it drives up stress levels for students. It also encourages teaching to the test, where teachers only teach what's on the curriculum and don't allow students to nurture and grow and really experience the true gift of education.
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    Students of all ages need to be taught how to compete not only in local and national markets, but on an international level if we're going to insure the future success of America.
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    Every child should have to be taught general subjects and skills. We have seen the results of giving the states control. In some states they have completely white washed education and said slavery was a side issue. Furthermore, in some states they value stem education less and drastically defund programs that can lead to better academic success like Head Start. We need a federal floor for standards to make sure that states do not dilute their classrooms.
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