Student Success Act

Floor Speech

Date: Feb. 25, 2015
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CULBERSON. Mr. Chairman, I believe there is no constitutional
role for the Federal Government in education.

However, I understand that the funds under this act are accepted
voluntarily by each State, but I am concerned that State bureaucrats
often simply accept these funds and all the strings without any input
from our constituents or locally elected officials. I saw this in the
Texas House.

I very much appreciate that the gentleman from Indiana and Chairman
Kline worked with me to protect the 10th Amendment and to ensure that
States knowingly accept the strings attached to these programs before
they receive any funding under this bill.

I want to be clear that this provision simply ensures that locally
elected officials, parents, and other interested stakeholders have the
opportunity to stand up and voice concern or support for accepting
Federal funding at their State capital before any unelected,
unaccountable bureaucrat can accept that money and all the strings that
come with them.


Mr. CULBERSON. Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you from the bottom of
my heart for protecting the 10th Amendment rights of the States to
control their public school system and affirming a parents' right to
control their child's education.

I appreciate you confirming the intent of this amendment. It will
mean a far greater role for States and parents in their child's