Congressman Pittenger Votes Against Common Core, In Favor of Increased Local Control in Education

Press Release

Date: July 8, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Education

Acknowledging that Washington bureaucrats know very little of the specific needs of local students, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today voted to end the Federal Government's ability to coerce states into adopting Common Core or other one-size-fits all education standards.

"My second grade teacher, Mrs. Couser, spent countless hours helping me overcome my inability to read. She wasn't forced to teach to a test. Instead, she had freedom to focus on the individual needs of her students.

"Not only did Mrs. Couser teach me to read, she taught me to love reading! Today's teachers and students need the same freedom to focus on specific needs, not arbitrary goals set by a bureaucrat who has never even seen your local school."

"Children are not a mass market product to be churned out at a factory," commented Congressman Pittenger. "Local parents and local teachers best understand the need of local students, and today's vote will help restore more local control in education."