Defunding Common Core
AMENDMENT TO H.R. [XXXX], AS REPORTED
OFFERED BY [NAME OF MEMBER] OF [STATE]
At the end of the bill insert the following:
Sec. [XXX]. (a) None of the funds made available by this or any other Act may be used by the Secretary of Education-
(1) to require a state or local educational agency to develop or implement any set of academic content standards common to multiple states, including the Common Core State Standards developed under the Common Core Standards Initiative, or any other specified set or type of academic content standards selected by the Secretary, or assessments aligned with such standards, including as a condition of approval of a state plan submitted to the Secretary, an application for a waiver issued by such Secretary under section 9401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7861), or as a condition of approval or competitive preference for an award of federal funds under any grant, contract, or cooperative agreement;
(2) to establish any criterion that specifies, defines, or prescribes the standards or measures that a state or local educational agency uses to establish, implement, or improve academic content standards, academic achievement standards, academic assessments, accountability systems, systems that measure student growth, measures of other academic indicators, or teacher and principal evaluation systems; or
(3) to award any grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to a consortium of states that requires or specifically authorizes the development of assessments aligned with any set of academic content standards common to multiple states, including the Common Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, or any other specified set or type of academic content standards selected by the Secretary.
(b) Rule of Construction – Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to limit the discretion of an individual state or local agency to use funds provided through a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement that does not otherwise violate subsection (a) for any purpose consistent with the terms of the grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, including the development or implementation of any set of content standards, assessments, or curricula that the state or local educational agency chooses to develop or implement without regard to a federal requirement or incentive.