esea explanation


The answers to the questions in the title are ‘yes’.  From


Dr. Sandra Stotsky sent me an email about attempts to reauthorize and “fix” No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  To summarize what she said… “don’t do it” because Common Core is built into the bill being considered.

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


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:


Page 48 makes FERPA, Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, federal law, which would put Obama’s Executive Order into law, that allows third party contractors to access personally identifiable information on student records and substantiates a longitudinal state data collection system.


Page 90 refers to public choice in education with money that will “follow the child”


Page 92 refers to private school and public school equity funding


Page 96 refers to Title I funds that will follow the child (TITLE I FUNDS FOLLOW THE LOW-INCOME CHILD STATE OPTION.)
Page 97 is the identification of eligibility for funds to follow the child


Pages 117-118 the Secretary of Education can propose regulations or alternate processes in any event of failure to reach consensus so the secretary can propose regulations that will go through the rule making process


Page 129 redo the teacher education to match state academic standards which Pennsylvania Department of Education has a contract with Pearson, in process of teacher certification toward standards
Page 131 performance pay for teachers and differential and bonus pay will be based on performance


Pages 150-151 states or local education agencies can get technical assistance by third-party contractors or the IES, Institute of Education Sciences, this is an arm of the NCES, National Center for Education Statistics, that monitors the national center education statistics database


Page 153 the Secretary can grant waivers


Page 157 teacher pay will be based on measurable increase in student achievement
Page 224 the Secretary can make waivers for charter schools


Page 379 all references to medical records will be changed to health records


(HIPAA will not apply to education (health) records, FERPA will.)

There is absolute power in the Federal Department of Education granted in this reauthorization.  State legislatures have outlived their purpose.  States will be informed what they can institute by the Secretary.  There will be no need for the ‘carrot and stick’ mandate game currently being played between the USDOEd, states and local districts.  The Federal power to strike down state sovereignty and constitutions will be granted via this act.  Why is this being rammed through hearings?




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