Education

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Like you, improving our nation’s education system is one of my top priorities and I recognize it is a vital component to our future prosperity and success as a country. All children, regardless of their personal circumstances, deserve access to a good education that lays the foundation for a successful life. While the challenges facing our schools are varied, I believe there is an appropriate and beneficial role for local communities, state governments, and the federal government alike. However, it should always be parents, in conjuncture with teachers, principals, and local school boards, who are the primary decision makers regarding their children’s education and the needs of their schools.

For that reason, I was proud to vote in favor of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) when it was passed by the United States House of Representatives with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority on December 2, 2015. The ESSA maintained the important goals of transparency and accountability in education, but restores control over measuring school success and implementing plans to improve underperforming schools back to the states and local school districts. Additionally, this bill granted states and school districts increased freedom to direct existing federal resources to programs that truly serve their students and teachers best.

As the son of a school teacher, I firmly believe that all American children, regardless of their personal circumstances, deserve access to a good education that lays the foundation for a successful life. While the challenges facing our schools are varied, there is an appropriate and beneficial role for local communities, state governments, and the federal government in improving and advancing our system of education.

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