Congressman Andy Biggs Introduces the Ending Common Core and Expanding School Choice Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Andy Biggs announced the introduction of H.R. 1462, the Ending Common Core and Expanding School Choice Act. This legislation repeals Title I-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to roll back stringent federal policies on annual assessments, academic standards, and accountability systems that hamper states' ability to best meet the needs of our students. It also prevents the federal government from mandating or incentivizing adoption of Common Core or any other set of standards or curriculum. Congressman Biggs released the following statement:
"When I ran for office last year, I promised my constituents that I would fight to achieve six major goals in the 115th Congress. One promise was to work to ensure that Common Core never becomes a federal mandate and that states and local officials have authority over educating our nation's youth. H.R. 1462 fulfills that promise.
"The federal government has no rightful place in our education system. Yet Congress and the Department of Education have continuously imposed their own priorities by tying education policies to much-needed and sought-after federal funding. It is through this process that states were coerced into adopting the Common Core State Standards. It is time we start reversing this trend and returning power to states and local communities who can best determine the needs of our students. My bill is a step towards that goal."
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona's Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.