U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie joined a majority of republicans Friday in passing the first law out of the House to replace the outdated No Child Left behind Act–also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
NCLB was signed into law by former-President George Bush in 2002. At the time it had bi-partisan support, but educators have since agreed its expectations are unreasonable–namely the provision that requires a 100 percent proficiency rate for all students in math and reading by 2014.
The law has been up for reauthorization for years but has remained stalled as Democrats and Republicans continue to argue over the role of federal government in public education.
Guthrie’s support of the Student Success Act would mean less federal influence and more state control for setting expectations and funding needs.
“Our state and local leaders have the best understanding of their own school districts and populations. So we must get Washington out of our students classrooms and equip them with the tools necessary to put our students on a path of academic excellence,” Guthrie said this week.
The bill also keeps funding for public education at the current levels following the sequestration cuts and repeals the “Adequate Yearly Progress” schools were expected to make by the U.S. Department of Education.
President Barack Obama has already said he would veto the republican backed bill, but the Student Success Act is first likely to see strong opposition in the Senate where the Democrats are crafting their own NCLB update. It’s widely thought no law will be approved by Congress this year.