ESEA Reauthorization Being Rammed Through Like Common Core? Does it Bypass State Legislatures?
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The answers to the questions in the title are ‘yes’. From truthinamericaneducation.com:
Her message to our readers:
The bill builds in Common Core in a clever way–by putting the “Plan” for academic content standards in each state in the hands of its Department of Education. Moreover, not only does it put control of the “Plan” into a state’s department of education, it also excludes development and review of the “Plan” by academic experts at the college level. Very clever language contributed probably by Fordham.
“which peer review teams shall reflect a balanced representation of individuals who—
(I) have practical experience in the classroom, school administration, or State or local government; and
(II) have been a direct employee of a school, local educational agency, or State educational agency…”
People who care about the security and defense of this country should Google Rep. John Kline and Sen. Lamar Alexander in order to send a direct e-mail to them on their websites, and tell them that they don’t want any bill re-authorizing ESEA at all. They want ESEA sunsetted after extensive national public discussion of how to educate low-income children without damaging them further and all of public education K-20 at the same time.
Also a note… U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has asked for public feedback. You can provide that feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The excerpt belows shows “The Plan” is dependent upon Federal approval for States to use them. How’s THAT for ‘local control’ that’s really centralized control from the Federal Government informing states if they pass the regulations decided by the USDOEd? That plan would include standards approved (or not) by the Federal Government:
(pgs 6 & 7)
Here is more information on some of the most egregious parts of the reauthorization. There is virtually no time for meaningful public input. It gives the Secretary of Education free rein to grant waivers and make decisions without consequences:
A Preliminary Analysis of the Bill by Anita Hoge Source: http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/AEG15033.pdf This bill was presented twice and referred to commit…
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