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Thursday morning at AEI, U.S. Congressman John Kline (R-Minn.) explained his new education bills, which seek to bring more local control, more parent involvement and less federal intrusion to the nation's schools. Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, authored the bills in an attempt to reauthorize the widely unpopular No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. He described how the bills will give states the authority to define their own accountability systems, eliminate a highly contested provision of NCLB that dictates teacher eligibility, and offer states more flexibility to spend their federal dollars. He also assured audience member and Idaho state superintendent Tom Luna that under his bills, Washington would not dictate which standards -- such as the Common Core standards -- states must adopt. Notably, Chairman Kline's remarks come just before President Obama announces the 10 states that have been granted NCLB waivers, through which the administration is allowing states to circumvent the act's consequences. He noted that the waivers were simply a way for the president and secretary of education to get what they want.
In recent years, we have seen a lot of hype around the need to reauthorize No Child Left Behind and to tackle its more troubling provisions. Last year, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed a bill that overhauled the law while retaining a substantial federal role. Now the Republican House is planning to introduce the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act, which call for a dramatically curtailed federal role while retaining NCLB's requirements that states annually assess and report on the performance of all students and of various demographic subgroups. Join us to hear U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, discuss the bills and take questions about them prior to their introduction in the U.S. House.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN KLINE (R-Minn.), Chairman, House Education and the Workforce Committee
Question and Answer Session
FREDERICK M. HESS, AEI
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Frederick M. Hess is the director of education policy studies at AEI. He is the author of influential books on education including “The Same Thing Over and Over,” “Education Unbound,” “Common Sense School Reform,” “Revolution at the Margins,” and “Spinning Wheels,” and he pens the Education Week blog "Rick Hess Straight Up." His work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, the New York Times and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on education philanthropy, stretching the school dollar, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. He serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the board of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 4.0 Schools, and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University.
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) has represented Minnesota’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives since first being elected to Congress in 2002. Since 2010, he has served as the chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee for the 112th Congress. A 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, Rep. Kline also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. During his successful career in the Marine Corps, he served as a helicopter pilot and earned the responsibility of flying Marine One, the president’s personal helicopter. He also served as a personal military aide to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.