The 114th Congress: Reforming Education for Future Generations


In: All News   Posted 12/19/2016
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AUSTIN – During the 114th Congress, key laws were enacted to help return education decisions to parents and local communities, including the first major reforms to the education system in more than a decade, and reauthorizing and expanding a program to encourage innovative approaches to teaching students:

Every Student Succeeds Act (Passed Senate 12/2/15, passed House 12/10/15, became law 12/10/15)

  • First major reforms to our education system in more than a decade.
  • Prevents Washington from imposing Common Core standards and puts educational decision-making back where it belongs: in the hands of Texas school districts, teachers, and parents.

Reauthorization of the Education Flexibility Partnership Act (Passed Senate 12/2/15, passed House 12/10/15, became law 12/10/15)

  • Reauthorized and expanded as part of an amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act authored by Senator Cornyn.
  • Allows districts and schools flexibility in the implementation of federal education programs in exchange for enhanced accountability for students’ performance.
  • Ensures that states have the freedom to leverage federal funds to increase efficiency and encourage innovation.