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Latest Race to the Top Education Plan Adds to “Boondoggle’

Hunter: Latest Race to the Top Plan Adds to “Boondoggle of Bureaucracy” Facing Schools, Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. | May 22, 2012 -House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) issued the following statement on the Department of Education’s plan to launch a new version of the stimulus-era Race to the Top program:

“Despite reports that nearly every Race to the Top state is struggling to implement the administration’s required reforms, the Department of Education will today announce another iteration of the multi-billion dollar program – this time geared toward individual school districts.

“The department’s proposal represents an unprecedented expansion of federal intrusion into local education decisions, adding to the boondoggle of bureaucracy already challenging teachers, principals, and superintendents. For the sake of students nationwide, I urge the president to stop dedicating more taxpayer dollars to new programs with questionable impact, and instead work with Congress to complete a reauthorization of elementary and secondary education law.”

In February, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved two pieces of legislation to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind. The Student Success Act and theEncouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act will encourage greater state and local control, support effective teachers in the classroom, and enhance flexibility. Click here to learn more about the proposals.

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