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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Yesterday, the House Education and Workforce put President Obama on warning over waiver programs that they feel have made education worse in the USA.  And yet Delaware doesn’t hear this as they continue to take advantage of waiver programs to do the bidding of Rodel and Markell.  Most recently, they have used these waivers as a way to present a new school accountability system with “community input”.  This smoke and mirrors attempt is very obvious to people who are aware this system is already in place, and any community input will only be used to embrace this.  Comments going against the DOE, in my opinion, will not be used.

Hopefully, this group will be able to put a stop to the massive education reforms that have occurred during Obama’s tenure and stop Obama and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan from further damaging public education in America.

Below is the press release from John Kline, the Committee Chairman of the group:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after the Department of Education released new waiver guidance:

Last week, the American people sent a message to Washington: End the gridlock and begin addressing the challenges facing our country. It’s looking more and more like the Obama administration has not gotten the message. Our K-12 education system is broken and we’ve learned over the last several years the president’s controversial waiver scheme is not the answer. Instead of changing course, the administration is delivering more arbitrary rules, more regulatory burdens, and more confusion.

What we need is for policymakers and stakeholders to work together in crafting a new law. We have an opportunity to enact bold reforms that will help all students access the quality education they need to succeed. The president must decide whether he is willing to seize that opportunity. The House has demonstrated time and again we are ready to get this done, and I am pleased we finally have partners in the Senate willing to join us. It’s time for the president to join us as well.