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Although Republican proponents of the bills cite language prohibiting the Secretary of Education from imposing standards or assessments, the rest of the legislation contains so many mandates that the states will fall in line – regardless of what the Secretary “imposes.” Moreover, the prohibitions contain no enforcement mechanism for the states to challenge illegal federal action. Where Congress is serious about prohibitions and protecting a class of parties, it lays down a full enforcement program: for example, it provides mechanisms for administrative review and consequent penalties, it specifies who can bring legal suit and what the remedies are, and it might even provide for expedited reviews of one sort or the other. The House and Senate NCLB bills have none of that. The proposed restrictions largely replicate the existing, toothless restrictions in existing laws. The fox will once again be guarding the henhouse.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican sponsor of the Senate’s reauthorization bill, has made clear his intention to send the President a bill he will find acceptable. Sen. Alexander is probably correct that the President will like this legislation – because it will place no real restrictions on federal action and ensure continuation of the Progressive policies so beloved by the education establishment. As evidenced by plummeting test scores, disintegrating testing consortia, and open parental and teacher revolt against excessive testing and intrusive data-collection, the Common Core scheme is falling apart. Why would Congress even consider passing a bill that locks this in place?