Daines Fights to Increase State, Local Role in Schools and Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines is working to increase local control in Montana students’ education by giving states greater flexibility in allocating federal funds to schools.

Earlier today, Daines took to the Senate floor to introduce an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Daines’ Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) amendment increases states’ ability to allocate federal education funding in a way that best fits students’ unique needs, frees states from burdensome federal regulations, and better ensures academic achievement in schools.

Video of Daines’ remarks are available to download here and viewed here.

Increasing educational opportunity in Montana and across the country isn’t going happen through federal mandates or one-size-fits-none regulations,” Daines stated. “This measure will help expand local control of our schools and return federal education dollars where they belong: closer to the classrooms. My amendment would give states greater flexibility in allocating federal education funding and ensuring academic achievement in their schools.”

A-PLUS would reduce the administrative and compliance burdens on state and local education agencies and ensure greater public transparency in student academic achievement and the use of federal education funds.

Daines’ amendment is cosponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), David Vitter (R-LA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Gardner (R-CO).

The full text of Daines’ amendment is available here.