Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 5, the Student Success Act.  This legislation provides flexibility and autonomy for our districts and states in determining what is best for students, rather than allowing bureaucrats to dictate local education decisions.

“Every child deserves to receive an excellent education.  Unfortunately, the current education system is failing our students,” said Rice.  “One out of every five students will drop out of high school. Of those who do graduate, only 26 percent are proficient in math, and only 38 percent are proficient in reading.  The federal government's involvement in local K-12 schools is at an all-time high, yet student achievement remains stagnant.  When it comes to education, our local communities and educators know best, not Washington bureaucrats.

“The Student Success Act makes several imperative changes to our nation’s educational system by  removing ineffective federal programs and ultimately returning the responsibility for student achievement back to the states and school districts rather than federal bureaucrats,” concluded Rice.