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Ending Common Core Act

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. Faulhammer (For himself, Mr. Biggs) introduced the following bill;


A BILL

To stop the Federal Government from directing instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or programs of instruction for state and local education.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Ending Common Core Act”.

SECTION. 2. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.

“(a) In General.—No officer or employee of the Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or program of instruction (including any requirement, direction, or mandate to adopt the Common Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any other academic standards common to a significant number of States, or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to such standards), nor shall anything in this Act be construed to authorize such officer or employee to do so.

“(b) No Requirement To Implement Assessments, Standards, Or Accountability Systems.—An officer or employee of the Federal Government shall not require a State educational agency, local educational agency, school, or Indian Tribe to implement an annual assessment, academic standard, or accountability system, or condition funds made available under this part upon such implementation.”.

(b) Conforming Amendments.—

(1) REPEAL OF STATE ASSESSMENT GRANTS.—Part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) is repealed.

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Returning control of standards to the states, as well as decreasing the government's role in education overall, is popular among conservatives. Liberals, however, still view Common Core favorably, and would like to keep it in place.

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