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As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I am focused on how we can create opportunities to give each student the tools they need to determine their level of success and achievement in life.

Currently, the U.S. education system is dominated by Washington bureaucrats who are out of touch with the needs of individual students around the nation, leaving parents and teachers out of the decision making process. An important first step is that education policy should be dictated at the local and state levels, and not by an out of touch bureaucracy in Washington. The idea that a federal bureaucrat better knows how our children should be taught in southwest Florida than our community leaders, teachers, and parents is preposterous, as is the idea that a one size fits all approach to education would work for every student in the diverse different states of our nation.

Common core is a perfect example of why federal control of education is bad policy. Under common core standards, each student enrolled in public schools around the country is held to the same one size fits all curriculum, which holds our students back. This approach fails to take into account that individual students have different learning styles that works best for them, and it prohibits teachers from adapting to each student’s specific needs. Common core limits what is taught in the classroom, as teachers must focus their lessons on topics dictated by the federal government instead of relevant topics in the local community that would help our children succeed.

Each student has their own unique gifts and talents, and every parent deserves the chance to send their children to the school that can nurture and develop these gifts and talents. Not every student learns in the same way, and any meaningful reforms to education should take this into account if we are to prepare students with the skills they need to compete for future jobs.

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