Congressman Joe Heck

Representing the 3th District of Nevada
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Heck Supports Bill to Improve Education in Nevada

Jul 19, 2013
Press Release

Student Success Act returns education control to states, districts, teachers, parents

Heck LEA amendment would enhance services provided by school districts to vulnerable youth

WASHINGTON - With the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act more than five years overdue for reauthorization, Congressman Joe Heck (NV0-03) today supported H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, legislation that reauthorizes ESEA and will improve education in America. The Student Success Act, which Rep. Heck co-sponsored and helped draft as a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, relies on four key principles - restoring local control, reducing the federal footprint in the nation’s classrooms, supporting more effective teachers, and empowering parents - to make much-needed reforms to education policy.

Rep. Joe Heck spoke on the House floor to urge his colleagues to support the Student Success Act, emphasizing the need to return control over education policies to local administrators, teachers, and parents. Click the image below to see a video of Rep. Heck's remarks.

"No one understands these conditions or has more of an interest in improving education for our children than the people who work in our schools and interact with students every day.  It's time we return control over education policies to those who are invested in the success of our students." –Rep. Joe Heck

The Student Success Act passed the House of Representatives 221 to 207.


Congressman Heck also offered an amendment to the bill that would provide local educational agencies (LEAs) the option of partnering with organizations that have critical experience and existing resources that would enhance the services provided by school districts to our vulnerable youth. Rep. Heck's amendment was crafted in close consultation with Boys Town Nevada, one of the largest publicly and privately funded, nonprofit child and family services agencies in the United States.

Rep. Heck spoke on the floor about his amendment. You can see those remarks by click the image below.

Father Steven Boes, National Executive Director, Boys Town, supported Rep. Heck's amendment in a statement saying, “Boys Town, one of the largest publicly and privately funded, nonprofit child and family services agencies in the United States supports Congressman Heck’s amendment to H.R.5, the Student Success Act. Giving this important option to LEAs will allow them to partner or contract with a range of non-public organizations, or combinations thereof, including nonprofits, that can provide cost effective at-risk student educational and other services.”

Rep. Heck's amendment passed by voice vote.