WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored a resolution (H. Res. 476) in support of individual state authority over academic standards and assessments.  The resolution denounces the U.S. Department of Education’s practice of coercion and overreach into state education systems by tying federal funding to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

“Under the Tenth Amendment, authority over our education systems is reserved for the individual states, not the federal government, making the Department of Education’s overreach in this area clearly unconstitutional,” said Congressman Jones.  “Furthermore, serious concerns have been raised with the quality of education provided under the Common Core Standards.”  

Congressman Jones is a longtime proponent of eliminating the federal Department of Education.  The resolution has garnered support from groups such as the American Association of Christian Schools, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Family Research Council, Home School Legal Defense Association, Pioneer Institute, American Principles in Action, and Eagle Forum.

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