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Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 5 - Student Success Act

July 17, 2013


(House Rules)

(Rep. Kline, R-MN, and 12 cosponsors)

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. The Administration believes that the Congress must act to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), to support State efforts to adopt and implement State-developed standards that ensure every student graduates from high school prepared for college and a career; create a fairer, flexible, and focused accountability system; support effective teachers and leaders; and promote innovation in our public education system. These principles are reflected in the flexibility that the Administration has offered to States with respect to the Federally-mandated, one-size-fits-all standards of NCLB. States' overwhelming participation in ESEA flexibility indicates that they already are committed to moving toward this vision of comprehensive reform.

Instead, H.R. 5 would represent a significant step backwards in the effort to help our Nation's children and their families prepare for their futures. Among other things, the bill would not support State efforts to hold students to standards that will prepare them for college and careers; would not support our international economic competitiveness; would virtually eliminate accountability for the growth and achievement of historically underserved populations; would fail to support meaningful improvement and reforms at the Nation's lowest-performing schools; would eliminate maintenance-of-effort requirements, which could reduce overall investment in public education; and would not reauthorize key Administration priorities, including effective initiatives like Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and Promise Neighborhoods.

It is important that ESEA reauthorization ensures that all students have access to a high-quality education. The Administration remains committed to working with the Congress to strengthen our Nation's schools through a bipartisan reauthorization of ESEA.

If the President were presented with H.R. 5, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Barack Obama, Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 5 - Student Success Act Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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