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  • Congressman Bridenstine Stands for Parents, Votes Against Education Bill
    Posted in In The News on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday night the U.S. House passed, by a vote of 359 to 64, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which would replace No Child Left Behind. Reps. Markwayne Mullin, (R-OK-2); Frank Lucas, (R-OK-3); Tom Cole (R-OK-4); and Steve Russell, (R-OK-5) voted for it. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, (R-OK-1); voted against it. Congressman Bridenstine said, “ESSA expands the role of the federal government by creating a program for pre-school managed by the Department of Health and Human Service... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes Federal Control of Education
    Posted in Jim's Blog on December 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted against the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which would replace No Child Left Behind. The bill passed 359 to 64. Bridenstine said, “ESSA expands the role of the federal government by creating a program for pre-school managed by the Department of Health and Human Services and expanding after school programs. “No Child Left Behind was a seriously flawed law that greatly increased federal control of education. I was disappointed that the Every Student Suc... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Decries DOE Denial of Waiver to Oklahoma
    Posted in Press Releases on August 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Today, the US Department of Education (DOEd) announced it will deny the Oklahoma State Department of Education's request for flexibility, or a waiver from the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the 2014-2015 school year. This means Oklahoma schools will be subject to the provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Under NCLB, one hundred percent of students must be determined to be "proficient" on assessments, or else schools are considered failing and subject t... Read more

  • It's time to abolish the Department of Education
    Posted in Jim's Blog on August 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Students across the First District of Oklahoma are heading back to school. Teachers are eagerly waiting to meet their new classes. At a time of year when parents are looking to be sure their children are learning in the best environment possible, they should also be turning an eye of scrutiny to the U.S. Department of Education. It is time to consider eliminating the federal Department of Education. The federalization of education is unconstitutional. The Constitution grants certain enumerated p... Read more

  • Common Core Will Federalize Education
    Posted in Jim's Blog on March 14, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    While Common Core may have started as a state-led effort, the Obama Administration has seized on it as a federal goal and is using federal funds to coerce states into implementing Common Core. The administration has handed out stimulus package money (e.g., Race to the Top grants) and handed out waivers from No Child Left Behind to states that have adopted Common Core. The President has also made stimulus money available to states on condition that they would collect extensive data on children to... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine on Common Core
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Congressman Jim Bridenstine commented: "Nothing in the Constitution gives the federal government a role in education. There is a role for government in education, but that role is at the state and local level. Many states, including Oklahoma, voluntarily agreed to choose one of several promised sets of standards as a condition of eligibility for federal grants, but then only the Common Core standard was approved by the federal Department of Education. This was a classic example of the federal go... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Applauds Education Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Today the House took a significant step toward removing the federal government from the class room. The Student Success Act of 2013 will reauthorize and reform the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act that has not been reformed since the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Bridenstine said, “This much needed legislation returns control to states and local school boards and parents who are better suited to know the educational needs of our children. “It allows states to share best practices whi... Read more