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house Bill H.R. 5

Cutting Federal Requirements and Giving States More Control Over Education Programs

Argument in favor

Removes the onerous requirements and punishments imposed by No Child Left Behind Act. Also gives states the power to set their own metrics and goals for academic achievement.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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08/21/2015
“I watched Jeb Bush… I think it’s pathetic what’s going on, his stance on Common Core… He’s in favor of Washington educating your children.” [thinkprogress.org]
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
Absolutely, yes. What we need is free competition between public and private schools.
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ScottWalker's Opinion
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08/20/2015
"Today, I call on the members of the state Legislature to pass a bill in early January (2015) to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin." Read more at http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2015/jan/16/scott-walker/scott-walkers-shifting-position-common-core-educat/
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Argument opposed

Destroys federal oversight in public schools, removes a uniform measurement of academic achievement, and allows school districts to allocate unequal funds to different education programs.

BraveNewFilms's Opinion
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02/27/2015
With Citizens United and the Koch Brothers already infiltrating State Governors down to School Board members, a decision for this would be disastrous. We would be creating the perfect opportunity for Big Business to rewrite curriculums, ultimately brainwashing students to vote in favor of their profit
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JoeBiden's Opinion
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08/21/2015
"I hope we’ll get back to education because I don’t know any government program that John [McCain] is supporting, not early education, more money for it. The reason No Child Left Behind was left behind is the money was left behind, we didn’t fund it." [ontheissues.org]
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06/21/2015
I absolutely despise No Child Left Behind and like programs that have been proven to not work at all. However, I'm from the state of Missouri and my local government had proven time and time again that they cannot handle funding our schools. We spend the absolute minimum allowed and are (I believe) 48th in the nation when it comes to funding public education. I don't trust my state in this matter.
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    “I watched Jeb Bush… I think it’s pathetic what’s going on, his stance on Common Core… He’s in favor of Washington educating your children.” [thinkprogress.org]
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    With Citizens United and the Koch Brothers already infiltrating State Governors down to School Board members, a decision for this would be disastrous. We would be creating the perfect opportunity for Big Business to rewrite curriculums, ultimately brainwashing students to vote in favor of their profit
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    "No child left behind has failed...this country, this Senate, the House of Representatives must come to grips with the fact that today in America we have a horrendous, a horrendous level of youth unemployment in this country. This is an issue which gets virtually no discussion at all." [c-span.org]
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    "After waiting far too long for Congress to reform No Child Left Behind, my Administration is giving states the opportunity to set higher, more honest standards in exchange for more flexibility." [ed.gov]
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    "Good public schools, good public universities, and good technical training can give us a workforce better than any in the world. Well-trained workers are cost effective, and they can give us a powerful competitive advantage in world markets. Investments in our people pay the highest dividends." [ontheissues.org]
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    "I hope we’ll get back to education because I don’t know any government program that John [McCain] is supporting, not early education, more money for it. The reason No Child Left Behind was left behind is the money was left behind, we didn’t fund it." [ontheissues.org]
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    I absolutely despise No Child Left Behind and like programs that have been proven to not work at all. However, I'm from the state of Missouri and my local government had proven time and time again that they cannot handle funding our schools. We spend the absolute minimum allowed and are (I believe) 48th in the nation when it comes to funding public education. I don't trust my state in this matter.
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    As much as common core sucks, I'd be terrified of what criteria our lawmakers in Florida come up with.
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    Absolutely, yes. What we need is free competition between public and private schools.
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    "Today, I call on the members of the state Legislature to pass a bill in early January (2015) to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin." Read more at http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2015/jan/16/scott-walker/scott-walkers-shifting-position-common-core-educat/
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    One size does not fit all. Some states use a bigger % of their budgets for education than others.....it's their choice. but I am in favor of a national standard for all students.
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    "I am for creating real restrictions on the federal government's role in this so you can alleviate people's fears that you're going to have some kind of control by the federal government of content, of curriculum, or even standards," Read more at http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/02/26/2016-presidential-hopefuls-common-core/24047069/
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    I just don't want creationism and religion seeping into our public schools. I'm fine with the idea of the bill, but I'm afraid it opens too many possibilities for people to violate the establishment clause of the Constitution.
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    “Now Joni Ernst on the other side, she wants to...eliminate the Department of Education. How much less schooling do you think would be good for our kids, Joni? Can you imagine someone with those sorts of extreme views holding the seat that Tom Harkin so ably filled?” [edexcellence.net]
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    You MUST keep everyone accountable. If you don't they won't do what they are supposed. I have 43 years experience in education...I know.
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    "We should not leave education solely in the hands of politicians. No Child Left Behind should be improved so that we realistically assess the progress of our children and continue to push for advancement." [kevinmccarthy.house.gov]
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    US schools should meet standards across state lines. We don't reside in bubbles.
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    People in the far, far, far eastern part of the US (read "inside the Beltway") arrogantly believe they, and only they, know what is best for student education throughout the entire country. Many know nothing about education, not even what goes on in their kids' schools. They have absolutely no reason and no logic when determining educational standards. Every time you people pass a law, you use it to penalize those who do not agree with you, and you create another huge group of criminals. Except for legislation and impeaching the current White House resident for fiscal, political, and other forms of treason, and for intentionally undermining the Constitution and citizens' security, why don't you all take a break for about 3-5 years?
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    There should be a common standard for all states to endure all children receive the same education
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    The federal government's control of children's education is unnecessary. Instead, states should be in control of educational direction of students.
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