Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Passed 54–46: Senate Amendment 515—Vitter (LA) on Federal Role in Common Core


Louisiana Senator David Vitter proposed this budget amendment to reign in federal support for the Common Core by ending the ability of the U.S. Department of Education to pressure states to remain in the Common Core through waivers to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). If passed in the final budget, this amendment will eliminate the federal government’s ability to incentivize states to adopt or remain in the Common Core, thereby allowing states to opt out of the Common Core without receiving a financial penalty.

This amendment is especially historic as it marks the first time the Senate has voted to reign in the federal government’s involvement in the Common Core since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included the Race to the Top Program.

What Happens Next?


While it is not yet certain whether Congress will even be able to pass a federal budget that President Obama signs into law, or whether the final budget includes Senator Vitter’s Amendment 515, this is a significant step forward in the fight to end federal support for the Common Core and return educational control back to states and families.

The full text of Sen. Vitter’s amendment can be found online.


  1. This has veto written all over it but love seeing it.
    Need to repeal the whole Dept. of Ed, every child left behind and common spore.