Transform Education in America through Choice (TEACH) Act

Feb 5, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) wants states to have more control over education and to reform our failing educational system. Today he has introduced the Transform Education in America through Choice (TEACH) Act – (HR 773). The bill will streamline Department of Education programs over a 3 year period for the purpose of ensuring a return to the principles of federalism – within the bounds of the United States Constitution – allowing for state and local governments to evaluate and implement best practice standards for our nation’s K-12 educational system. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement after introduction of his bill.

“The federal government, in an effort to improve our failing schools, has become increasingly more involved. The byproduct of increased government intervention is that students have become statistics rather than individuals and Federal involvement has only hampered the ability of schools to address the unique needs of each student and school district.

“There are clear differences of opinion on how best to educate the future of America.  Some say it rest upon the states and the individual at the local level and others believe the federal government is best suited to set the roadmap for an enlightened mind. I believe the former is the best course of action for our children and the country.

“Whether they are from rural counties or urban cities, every student, including those in poverty and those with disabilities, should have access to a quality education. The power of education and the advancement of knowledge opens and elevates the mind. It is time that we put the power back into the hands of parents along with state and local officials to educate our children. Our kids are our future and setting up a system for them to succeed will not only create a bright future for them but a strong foundation for America. That is why I have introduced the TEACH Act.”

Bill reasoning:

Federal rules, regulations, and mandates have crippled our country’s education system
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study found that the United States spends over $15,000 per student per year – more than any other country in the world
Decisions on how to educate our nation’s children are better decided on the state and local level, and best decided by parents
The Department of Education has outgrown its original authority of providing equality and accessibility to students
We propose returning to the principles of federalism contained within the Constitution
All powers not specifically designated to the federal government, should and must be designated to the respective States
This legislation will streamline the Department of Education over the course of 3 years

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