Key Vote Alert – “NO” on Student Success Act (HR 5)



“No” on Student Success Act (HR 5)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the Student Success Act (HR 5), a bill that reauthorizes No Child Left Behind.  A vote is expected later this week.  This vote will be included in the Club’s 2015 Congressional Scorecard.

Republicans deviated from their self-professed conservative principles in a huge way when they originally passed No Child Left Behind in 2001.  With its passage, the federal government massively increased its presence in education, something that – if liberty is to be respected – should be dealt with exclusively at the state and local level.

If this week’s bill was supposed to be an acknowledgement that the party is ready to return federal power to the states, then they have only given lip service to such an idea.  The proposal has only modest reforms, and worse, it contains no meaningful reduction in overall spending.  Absent a plan that terminates No Child Left Behind, House members should demand that the bill allow states to completely opt out of the program.  Otherwise, in accordance with the 10th Amendment, the bill should be opposed.

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