Bill would allow parents to opt out of standardized tests for their kids
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Two House lawmakers have authored legislation to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized tests required by the No Child Left Behind education law.

The bill introduced by Reps. Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedPush for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems Lower refunds amplify calls to restore key tax deduction Drug pricing fight centers on insulin MORE (R-N.Y.) and Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all O'Rourke faces pressure from left on 'Medicare for all' Dems shift strategy for securing gun violence research funds MORE (D-Conn.) would extend to tests required through Common Core education standards.

The bipartisan duo said their measure would prevent schools from losing federal funding if parents don't want their kids to take the standardized tests.

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“Our school districts should not be punished because parents exercise this choice," Reed said in a statement.

DeLauro said their proposal would give parents more authority over their children's education.

"Testing can be a valuable diagnostic tool for identifying problems and determining how best to help children succeed. But making high-stakes tests rather than learning the centerpiece of the education system, and the one and only indicator of success or failure, is problematic," DeLauro said.

Teachers unions, including the National Education Association and the New York State Teachers Union, have endorsed the bill.

So far the measure has just one other co-sponsor in Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.).

Common Core has become a flashpoint in the GOP presidential race, with nearly all candidates except former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pledging to eliminate the standards. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that he will pull his state out of Common Core.