9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins votes in favor of a U.S. House bill that would, if it became law, make a number of changes to the education system.
The bill, introduced by a Republican Representative from Minnesota, would eliminate Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, repeal federal Highly Qualified Teacher requirements, give states and school districts the ability to develop their own teacher evaluation systems, and remove more than 70 existing elementary and secondary education programs.
Supporters said the bill would create a more appropriate, and limited, federal role in education.
In a statement announcing his support for the bill, Collins said Washington’s top-down approach to education must go, adding that he feels bureaucrats at the Department of Education should not be making one-size-fits all decisions for children who deserve personalized attention that teachers cannot provide right now because they are too concerned with checking all the necessary boxes required by the federal government.
Collins said he believes the best educational opportunities exist when the federal government gets out of the way, and gives teachers the opportunity to actually teach rather than worry about burdensome requirements.
Collins’ announcement also notes that since 2011, the Obama Administration has been offering states temporary waivers from some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind.
The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate.