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Rep. Zeldin’s Efforts to Stop Common Core to Become Law

December 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) today announced that an amendment he introduced to the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which passed the House of Representatives on July 8, 2015, was included in the final conference agreement between the Senate and House. The final legislation passed the House today, and will be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The Zeldin Amendment would allow states to opt out of Common Core Standards, if they so choose, without fear that there will be any loss of federal funding as a result, bringing the control of education decisions back to the state and local level.

“I’m proud to announce that The Zeldin Amendment has been passed by Congress and will now be sent to the President to become law; a huge legislative victory for states seeking to withdraw from Common Core,” said Congressman Zeldin. “One of the biggest arguments against the repeal of Common Core in New York State has been that New York would lose out on several hundred million, if not billions, of federal dollars. The Zeldin Amendment is the single most effective way for the federal government to permit New York and other states to withdraw from Common Core without fear that there will be any loss of federal funding as a result.”

Congressman Zeldin continued, “Since Common Core standards were first implemented in New York, I’ve had countless conversations with a number of educators, parents and students, all of whom share my deep concerns with the lack of age appropriate material and the limited communication and coordination in the development of the standards, testing and curriculum. While I support higher standards in our schools, Common Core is not the answer.”

Also contained in the conference agreement is a preventative measure, which Congressman Zeldin supports, to stop the federal government from penalizing states and school districts from opt outs.

“Another important aspect in the fight to improve our education system is restoring local control and flexibility to our parents and local educators,” concluded Congressman Zeldin. “We must shift the focus in our classrooms from testing to teaching, to ensure our children never lose their love of learning. As a father, and a Representative for Long Island, one of my top priorities in Congress will always be to seek solutions to strengthen our nation’s education system.”