Wilson Editorial: Fixing Our Broken Education System
During the past few decades, the federal government's overreach into our state’s school system has been unprecedented, and the quality of our children's education is too high a priority to rely on a one-size-fits-all approach. Students in South Carolina and across America deserve better than the current broken education system. It is critical to implement reforms that return control of education to the states, empower parents and local elected school boards to hold schools accountable, and ensure our children receive the best education possible.
Our nation must focus on the education of future generations. For too long, there have been top-down mandates from unelected Washington bureaucrats who do not know the needs of our students like parents and local education leaders do. When I visit schools in the Second District, I regularly hear from our community that the education system needs improvement. Currently, the U.S. Secretary of Education interprets ambiguous laws and creates onerous regulations behind closed doors. It is disappointing for our students, teachers, and administrators that complying with federal mandates seems to take precedence over educating our young people.
By standardizing education, we are ignoring the individual needs of students and states’ interests in preparing the next generation for the workforce. In order to encourage the differences that make our students unique, we must rein in the federal government’s overreach into schools and restore local control in education. Our state is ahead of the curve in repealing Common Core. Through efforts led by state Superintendent Molly Spearman, South Carolina is developing new standards for our students. Still, more work must be done to return control of education to the states.
I support meaningful solutions to improve education, like H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. This bill promotes common sense reforms and encourages school choice by allowing existing funds to follow low-income students to their school of choice. This will reward the excellent public schools we have in the Second District and help students across the nation escape failing schools. Our bill also prevents the federal government from imposing coercive one-size-fits-all standards, like Common Core, and returns the authority to schools to spend their money where they need it most—not where the federal government thinks is best.
In addition, our bill gives more freedom to schools to hire the best teachers for the job by eliminating federal hiring requirements. It also prioritizes transparency in school funding to ensure taxpayer dollars are used to benefit students. Finally, the bill bolsters accountability at the Department of Education, requiring increased public oversight before issuing new regulations. We must put students above bureaucratic red tape, and this bill takes a positive step toward student-centered education.
This past week marked the beginning of the fourth quarter grading period for our schools. It is a fresh start for students and their grades for the next nine weeks. Let’s give our students a real fresh start next year by voicing support for the Student Success Act to help create meaningful changes in our education system.
Cayce-West Columbia News: https://thecaycewestcolumbianews.com/congressman-joe-wilson-fixing-our-broken-education-system
North Augusta Star: https://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20150414/STAR04/150419673