Lamar Alexander: Law ends Common Core mandate, strengthens local control

Posted on December 11, 2015

Last year, campaigning for reelection, I said to Tennessee voters, “Give us a Republican majority in the United States Senate and we’ll repeal the federal Common Core mandate and reverse the trend toward a national school board.”

This past week, the United States Congress did just that and President Obama signed it. The Wall Street Journal called our legislation fixing the 2001 No Child Left Behind law “the largest devolution of federal control to states in a quarter of a century.” (For why the Journal could say this, go towww.alexander.senate.gov.)

Twice partisan Democrat proposals had failed to fix what Newsweek called “the law everyone wants fixed.” This year, as the Senate education committee’s new chairman, I made it our first priority. Our proposal was bipartisan. It could not have been enacted without the support of Democrat senators and the signature of a Democrat president.