A-PLUS Education Reform
We hear a lot these days about government over-regulation in the business community, but not enough focus is given to government over-regulation in education. Programs like No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which is just one of 150 government-run education programs, impose a top-down bureaucracy that restricts real education.
Because state and local governments know best, Congress should pass a proposal called the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act, or A-PLUS. It allows states to opt out of NCLB’s bureaucracy, putting the power of education back into the hands of the states, local governments and parents.
As Rep. John Kline (R-MN) said in April:
"If we are going to move forward in education, Washington has to move in a new direction, States and schools should be able to set their own innovative priorities and receive maximum flexibility to advance those priorities."
We're calling on Members of Congress to co-sponsor A-PLUS. It's time for Washington to get out of the way and let those closest to the students decide how best to educate them.
Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America