Federal Bill Introduced To Cut Federal Control Over Local Education, Write Your Congress Reps in DC NOW!!!!

On December 2nd, Senator David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana introduced a bill which would eliminate Federal control over local education.  As the bill states:

To prohibit the Federal Government from mandating, incentivizing, or
coercing States to adopt the Common Core State Standards or any other
    specific academic standards, instructional content, curricula,
                assessments, or programs of instruction.

To prohibit the Federal Government from mandating, incentivizing, or
coercing States to adopt the Common Core State Standards or any other
    specific academic standards, instructional content, curricula,
                assessments, or programs of instruction.

“(h) Prohibition on Requiring Certain Standards for Waivers.–
            “(1) In general.–The Secretary shall not require that a
        State, local educational agency, Indian tribe, or school adopt,
        as a prerequisite or condition for any waiver under this
        section, any specific instructional content, academic standard,
        assessment, curriculum, or program of instruction, including–
                    “(A) the Common Core State Standards developed
                under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any
                other academic standards common to a number of States,
                or any specific statewide or nationally recognized
                content standards; or
                    “(B) any assessment, instructional content, or
                curriculum aligned to, or based on, any specific
                academic standards, including any of the standards
                described in subparagraph (A).
            “(2) Effect on previously issued waivers.–
                    “(A) In general.–Any requirement described in
                paragraph (1) that was required for a waiver provided
                to a State, local educational agency, Indian tribe, or
                school under this section before the date of enactment
                of the Local Control of Education Act shall be void and
                have no force of law.
                    “(B) Prohibited actions.–The Secretary shall
                not–
                            “(i) enforce any requirement that is void
                        pursuant to subparagraph (A); and
                            “(ii) require the State, local educational
                        agency, Indian tribe, or school to reapply for
                        a waiver, or to agree to any other conditions
                        to replace any requirements that is void
                        pursuant to subparagraph (A), until the end of
                        the period of time specified under the waiver.
                    “(C) No effect on other provisions.–Any other
                provisions or requirements of a waiver provided under
                this section before the date of enactment of the Local
                Control of Education Act that are not affected by
                subparagraph (A) shall remain in effect for the period
                of time specified under the waiver.”.

According to the Daily Signal, Vitter is quoted as saying “I’ve fought tooth and nail for local control of education and against the enormous growth of federal power under President Obama. That includes prohibiting the federal government from mandating, coercing or bribing states to adopt Common Core or its equivalent.”

http://dailysignal.com/2014/12/08/bill-cut-ties-common-core-federal-grants-easing-states-way/

The proposed legislation was read twice the very same day and immediately passed to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.  Vitter wants to add it to the spending bill being looked at by Congress.  This spending bill is something that needs to be passed immediately, so having this in the bill could be an incentive towards abolishing parts of the current education reform agenda.

I urge all of you who support this bill to contact your congress representatives in DC to support this amendment to the spending bill.

http://www.house.gov/contact/

http://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_contact_senators.htm

To read the full bill, please go to:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/2967/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S.2967%22%5D%7D

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