June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), joined Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and others as an original cosponsor of the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act. This bill would allow for states to receive federal funding for education in block grants that would reduce administrative burdens on the state while increasing transparency on both the use of federal funds and student academic achievement.
“Too often, the federal government’s programs and policies do not help the people they are designed to help, and education is one of these areas,” said Inhofe. “The A-PLUS Act gives state and local governments the flexibility they need to effectively use federal education funds. In order to have responsible government spending, we must put money in the hands of people who know what to do with it. That is why it is crucial that the money being spent on education in Oklahoma be controlled by Oklahomans who are familiar with the needs of our schools and students.”
Sen. Cornyn added, “Ensuring that students have access to the best possible educational opportunities that meet their needs should be the cornerstone of education policy. Because local educators and parents are best equipped to make decisions for their schools, A-PLUS would provide states with the necessary flexibility to create programs that best fit the needs of their students, while improving schools’ accountability to parents.”
A-PLUS is also cosponsored by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).