WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and a majority of the House of Representatives cast their votes on Tuesday, in accordance with the Congressional Review Act, to end two of the Obama Administration’s more onerous impositions on local school boards.
“Education decisions should be made by local school boards, not officials in Washington. When the school board is in charge of decision-making, students, parents and teachers have control. When a government official in Washington issues costly decrees there is little community involvement and accountability. Congress is now stepping in and using the powers under the Congressional Review Act to strike down this rushed Obama Administration order that would have diverted more funds to compliance and fewer funds to students,” said Lance.
The 114th Congress had moved to replace ‘No Child Left Behind’ with reforms designed to return power to local educational authorities.
Former President Barack Obama signed that reform package into law but, on the way out the door, his Department of Education issued two costly, onerous compliance orders.
Education is an active topic this week on Capitol Hill. The House’s actions came on the same day that their Senate colleagues confirmed Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education (only with Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote) and one Kentucky Congressman proposed legislation to eliminate the department altogether.