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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the President’s executive order directing the Department of Education to devolve more control over education to state and local governments:

“A nation as diverse as ours only grows stronger if we properly respect federalism and allow people to manage their own affairs at the state and local level to the greatest degree possible. Different people in different states and communities will have different goals and ways of achieving those goals. That is something we should celebrate and enable, not try to stop.

“Local input and decisionmaking could not be more necessary than in the realm of education. It’s just a fact that nobody knows how to help individual children more than the people closest to them. That is why we worked last Congress to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, restoring a large degree of local control over education. Yet despite this success, the previous Administration continued to push regulations and guidance that far exceeded the federal government’s legal authority. By instituting a systematic review of these regulations and guidance, President Trump’s order will help end the bureaucracy’s education overreach and put parents and teachers back in charge.”