Rep. Curbelo on the Student Success Act
“As a former member of the Miami-Dade County School Board, I witnessed firsthand the many challenges facing local school districts. The Student Success Act will address many of these problems by providing flexibility to states and schools to ensure that learning is being tailored to meet the needs of students at the local level. Students deserve access to an outstanding education and I applaud the passage of H.R. 5 which will improve K-12 schools by returning power to our local communities.
I am also proud that my amendment to help English learners was included in H.R. 5. Under current law, students whose first language is not English often have trouble adapting to their new language in the short period of time of one year. My amendment included in the Student Success Act gives these children additional time to become proficient in English so they are not unfairly left behind.
I thank Chairman Kline (MN-02) for his tireless efforts to improve our education system and look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to advance the reforms needed for students across the country.”
H.R. 5 passed the House on July 8, 2015 by a vote of 218-213.