Vitter announces legislation prohibiting federal mandate of Common Core on spending bill

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that he will introduce his legislation, the “Local Control of Education Act,” as an amendment to the upcoming federal spending bill.

Vitter’s legislation, which he previously introduced as a stand-alone education bill, would prohibit the federal government from mandating states to adopt specific academic standards, including the Common Core standards. His legislation would allow states that do not accept these standards to still qualify for federal grants and contracts currently limited to states that are in compliance with the standards.

“I’ve fought tooth and nail for local control of education and against the enormous growth of federal power under President Obama. That includes prohibiting the federal government from mandating, coercing, or bribing states to adopt Common Core or its equivalent,” Vitter said. “My legislation would get rid of the federal government’s ability to force states into adopting federal standards.”

The Obama administration granted states that adopt Common Core standards waivers to opt out of No Child Left Behind mandates. Vitter’s legislation would ensure that any state with an existing waiver will remain eligible to opt of out No Child Left Behind as long as it has strong standards in place. His bill would also make these states eligible for Race to the Top grant funding, which has only been offered to states in compliance with Common Core standards.