Reichert Votes No on H.R. 5: Students Deserve Better

Jul 19, 2013 Issues: Education

Washington, D.C – After the House voted on H.R. 5 this morning, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) released the following statement:

“Educating our children is one of our most important responsibilities as Americans, and ensuring our system’s quality and effectiveness is, and always has been, one of my highest priorities as a member of Congress.  Today, I voted no on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, because, although there were several good aspects to the legislation, I had very serious concerns.
“Our teachers, our schools, and our students deserve the best.  But this bill undermines education opportunities for our most vulnerable students, like children with special needs.  Additionally, the bill could take away crucial support for struggling schools.  It would force bad schools to become worse, leaving our children in circumstances that would increase their likelihood of ending up in a life of poverty, crime, or both.  We can do better, and I will continue to work towards solutions that will give our children quality education and secure futures.”