Rep. Foxx Is Dead Wrong on H.R. 5 (Update: So Is The Blaze)

Yesterday, while a Twitter rally to #StopHR5 took place, an op-ed by Rep. Virginia Foxx showed up at Breitbart about H.R. 5 “The Student Success Act”.

Her op-ed contains all the same talking points as other co-sponsors of this bill and she’s facing criticism for it on her Facebook page.

Many of the claims Rep. Foxx has made about the bill appear to be false and the main premise of the article was that the bill reduces the ‘federal footprint’ and  that “The Student Success Act gets Washington out of the business of running schools.

No, it doesn’t.  In fact, it does the opposite.  This bill does not ‘reduce Washington’s federal footprint’, it turns Washington into Bigfoot.

This bill is a trap, as Steve MacDonald at Watchdog Arena notes:

HR5 is being sold as legislation that will “support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools, and for other purposes.”  But if this bill becomes law and your state legislature accepts the money, state and local authority are sacrificed to the diktats of the Department of Education.

Much of the power grabs in this bill hinge on the states accepting the federal money.

The only way for states to opt out of federal mandates is if the states are willing to forego all federal NCLB funding.

This over 600 page bill acts as a reauthorization of the failed No Child Left Behind (NCLB), but on steroids. This bill reauthorizes NCLB until 2021.

One of the bigger claims proponents are making is that it ends Common Core. As you may have guessed, that’s false. HR 5 prevents future federal government intrusion like Common Core.

Heritage Action Sentinel has broken down some of the claims being made versus the reality of what is in the bill, many of which are claims Rep. Foxx makes in the article.

Rep. Foxx is just dead wrong on this one.

For those wishing to reach out to Rep. Foxx and other North Carolina Representatives, their contact information can be found at GovTrack.

One final note, a resolution related to 529 accounts was added to HR 5 yesterday. See: H.Res. 121: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 529) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans

UPDATE: The Blaze has the story wrong – HR5 needs to GO. I’ve tweeted to them and to Mr. Beck. Let’s hope they get it fixed.

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