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Federal Legislation
January 21, 2015

S. 182—“Learning Opportunities Created at Local Level Act”

Summary:
The “LOCAL Level Act” would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to explicitly prohibit the federal government from supporting the Common Core State Standards or Assessments Initiative in any way.

Status:
Introduced (1/16/2015)

Sponsor:
Sen. Pat Roberts (KS)

Co-sponsored:
Senators Chuck Grassley (IA), James Inhofe (OK), and Rob Portman (OH).

Bill Summary and Status S 182.

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

HSLDA’s Letter to Senator Roberts »

Background:
HSLDA strongly opposes the Common Core, in large measure due to the federal government’s use of tax dollars to coerce states into adopting the Common Core. Parents, teachers, and local school districts, not education bureaucrats in Washington should be in charge of the critical decisions of what, when, and how children learn. The success of homeschooling shows that greater freedom and less top-down control helps lead to academic success.

HSLDA also opposes the Common Core’s overarching philosophy of centralized educational planning. The standards create a one-size-fits-all approach to education and rests on the assumption that every child must learn the same things at the same speed.

The key to educational success is empowering parents and teachers, not educational bureaucrats. As public school test scores and graduation rates continue to fall, it is disappointing to see that the Common Core continues to follow the failed approach of greater national control over education instead of empowering parents, teachers, and local schools.

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Visit HSLDA’s website on Common Core.

More information about the Common Core.

HSLDA: “Help Us Stop Federal Support for the Common Core”