Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

July 19, 2013

July 19, 2013
Columns

In typical Washington fashion, everything from healthcare to education is given a one-size-fits-all band-aid that never addresses the real problem.  However, this week, the House passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which rids our education system of the generic and unrealistic policies that are currently in place.

Your child’s education should not be controlled by a bureaucrat in Washington who is out of touch with your local school district’s needs.  The Student Success Act restores local control and empowers parents to help their children succeed.  Every student deserves to be inspired by a great teacher who can help them find his or her passion.  One of the most important components to this piece of legislation is that it helps to foster a relationship between student and teacher.  By moving the control to a local level, schools will be able to distribute funds based on the needs of their diverse student populations.

The Administration’s constant overreach into education will be put to an end, thus laying the groundwork for local communities and teachers to have the ability to come together to create the best education plan for their students.  The Student Success Act also eliminates wasteful and duplicative federal programs which will assist in reducing the many red tape regulations in education legislation.  Decreasing the federal footprint in our country’s classrooms allows students and teachers to work together and engage with parents to best serve each student’s needs.

It is startling to think that only 34 percent of eighth graders are proficient in reading in our country and only 40 percent of fourth graders are proficient in math.  They deserve better.  In order to continue to be a country of opportunity, we must provide an adequate educational system.  The Student Success Act repeals the system known as Adequate Yearly Progress, which will give teachers more flexibility instead of ‘teaching for the test.’  Removing the party line politics from education will help put us on a path to ensuring success for students at every level.

Although we are still in the dog days of summer, the start to the school year is quickly approaching.  The Student Success Act can give you and your family peace of mind, in that you and your local school system are in control of your child’s education.

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