Despite spending more per student than almost every country, United States test scores lag behind international competitors. Students graduate without skills to succeed in the real world, many graduating from college with mountains of debt that prevent them from pursuing their dreams. Parents and states should have more control over what we teach our children. Increasing education options, especially Science, Math, Engineering and Technology instruction, would improve young lives, as well as our economy. Technical education should be widely available to students at every level of career development, an area where Tennessee excels.
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Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):