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Ferguson Votes to Limit Federal Government Role in Schools

Washington, DC, February 7, 2017
Tags: Education

Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today voted for House Joint Resolutions 57 and 58 which would block two Department of Education rules expanding federal government overreach. H.J. Res. 57 overturns a rule that outlined nationwide accountability measures rather than allowing state and local leaders to determine their own accountability standards for local schools.

“I’ve spoken with education leaders in the Third District and in places like Troup and Fayette Counties, and they were very pleased with the new flexibility written into the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act passed last Congress,” said Ferguson, speaking on H.J. Res. 57. “They told me that they supported the law because it granted the power to states and local leaders to decide what accountability measures work best for students. However, as time went on, they expressed great concern as the Department of Education began writing this accountability regulation. The accountability measures that work for my home state of Georgia won’t always be what works for students elsewhere.”

H.J. Res. 58 prevents the Department of Education from setting a one-size-fits-all method of evaluating teacher preparation programs. On H.J. Res. 58, Ferguson said, “We should not hand down an unfunded mandate that requires states to sink funds into a complex teacher preparation program rating system. This regulation may very well make it more difficult for teacher preparation programs to grow, harming the ability of prospective teachers to enter the profession and educate our children.

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the ability to overturn recently finalized federal regulations with a joint resolution passed by both chambers and signed by the President.

H.J. Res. 57 passed by a vote of 234-190, and H.J. Res. 58 passed by a vote of 240-181. Both resolutions now move to the Senate for consideration.

Ferguson spoke on the floor in support of H.J. Res. 57 today. To watch his remarks, click here or on the image above.


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