Kline, House leader, would reduce federal role in education

Republican representative Joel Kline of Minnesota

Photo: Dawn Villella, Associated Press

From Education Week:

The federal role in K-12 education would be almost entirely eviscerated under a pair of bills introduced today by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

The bills would get rid of the adequate yearly progress provision, and allow states to craft their own accountability systems. Schools would be able to come up with their own improvement strategies. They wouldn’t have to offer free tutoring or school choice. But schools would still test students in reading and math in grades 3-8 and once in high school. Testing in science would become voluntary, though.

“Decisions about education should by and large be made at the state and local level,” said Kline at the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market think thank in Washington. “All decisions should be measured against the yardstick of whether they are helping students learn and achieve. Federal spending in education has increased every single year and we haven’t seen any results

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