Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Vote Returns Power To School Boards

Feb 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported striking down two burdensome new standards on public teacher education and preparation imposed in the waning days of the Obama Administration.

Education decisions should be made by local school boards, not officials in Washington.  When the school board is in charge of decision-making, students, parents and teachers have control.  When a government official in Washington issues costly decrees there is little community involvement and accountability.  Congress is now stepping in and using the powers under the Congressional Review Act to strike down this rushed Obama Administration order that would have diverted more funds to compliance and fewer funds to students,” said Lance. 

One of the major accomplishments of the 114th Congress was the replacement of ‘No Child Left Behind’ with reforms that greatly reduces one-size-fits-all Washington policies and restores local control and decision making.  President Obama signed that reform package into law, but in the closing days of his Administration the Department of Education issued two compliance orders the education community found overly burdensome and expensive.  The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to step in and strike down such provisions when needed.