Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee are pushing a bill to overhaul the nation’s education law, a law President Donald Trump has vowed to abolish.
House Education and Labor Committee Chairman John Katko, R-N.Y., is pushing a provision to require that any new state laws or rules requiring students to have a high school diploma or GED be in the form of a federal law.
That’s the second time Katko has pushed legislation to roll back the Obama-designed education law.
The first time was in July 2017, when he introduced legislation that would have required students to pass the test to receive a diploma.
The new legislation would require states to set aside the same amount of money to fund the educational system for every student in the state.
Katko told The Hill that the proposed legislation is designed to ensure that states are investing in their own public education systems.
Katkos bill would require every state to establish a $100 million fund to provide the financial support to support students who do not graduate from high school or who do have a GED.
It would also require states that do not establish a funding formula for students to submit their plans to a federal agency that reviews the financial burden of educating students.
States that do plan to establish funding would be required to set up a statewide education plan and submit a plan to Congress every five years, with funding for the plan to be based on the current cost of living and how many students graduate from the state in a year.
States would be allowed to set their own funding formula, but the amount of funding would not be adjusted for inflation.
States with low-income students would be able to receive funding through a formula similar to the one for low- and moderate-income children, according to Katko.
Democrats on the committee are pushing for a similar funding formula to the federal one proposed by President Donald J. Trump in his executive order on Thursday.
The bill would be part of an effort to ensure a pathway to full participation in the economy and job creation, which Katko said is the goal of the bill.
Katos proposal would also be in response to calls from some Republicans to end the use of Common Core State Standards for high school students in public schools, as well as to a bipartisan report released last week by a panel of experts that found that the use has increased the likelihood that students with low academic ability will fail to graduate.
Katks bill would allow states to continue to set the standards for testing, but would not require students to take the tests unless they are accompanied by a parent.