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H.R. 5: Student Success Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5 (114th) in the House.

The Student Success Act is an education reform bill that would shift responsibility for student assessment and school accountability to states by reducing or eliminating federal education oversight, spending, and programs. The bill would create a federal grant for states and school districts called the Local Academic Flexible Grant. It would require 10 percent of this grant to support state and local programs that operate outside of traditional public school systems, such as charter schools. It would also have Title 1 funds, which are federal grants given to local education agencies serving a high percentage of low income families, follow low-income students to whichever schools they attend. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, which issued a supporting press release and a summary. The committee chairman, Rep. John Kline (R-MN2), sponsored the bill. Yet support is partisan, with Democratic member of the committee Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC12) issuing this opposing press release. The bill was passed in the House along with four amendments, and will move on to the Senate.

Amendments Accepted:

H.Amdt 640 allows parents to opt their children out of state-issued tests for any reason. States may not include such students in calculating test participation rates. It was accepted by a vote of 251-178 with mostly Republicans voting in favor.

H.Amdt. 63 supports the use of digital learning programs through competitive grants to implement technology-based learning practices and programs in rural schools. It was accepted by a vote of 218-213, with support from all Democrats and 31 Republicans.

H.Amdt. 53 allows states to withdraw from the Common Core Standards or any other specific standards. It was accepted with a vote of 373-57. All opposing votes came from Democrats.

Amendments Rejected:

H.Amdt. 64 would have authorized funds for federal grants to early-childhood development scholarships and compensation for qualified educators. It was rejected by a vote of 205-224. All opposing votes came from Republicans.

H.Amdt. 55 would have required federal assessment of the impact of school start times on student health and performance. It was rejected by a vote of 199-228, with support coming primarily from the Democrats.


All Votes R D
Aye 50%
No 49%
Not Voting 1%

Date: Jul 8, 2015

Question: On Passage of the Bill in the House

Required: Simple Majority

Result: Passed


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