On Friday, the U. S. Department of Education sent a letter to Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, threatening to revoke the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind – because Indiana exited the Common Core national standards last month.
The letter states:
“IDOE (Indiana Department of Education) met ED (Department of Education) requirements in its approved ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act/[No Child Left Behind]) flexibility request through the 2013-14 school year by adopting and implementing standards common to a significant number of States. Because the IDOE will no longer implement those standards, IDOE must amend its ESEA flexibility request and provide evidence that its new standards are certified by a State network of IHEs (Institutions of Higher Education) that students who meet the standards will not need remedial coursework at the postsecondary level.”
The saga of NCLB waivers is further evidence of the administration’s clear fingerprints on what is ostensibly a “state-led” effort.
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education circumvented the normal legislative process (through which a law like No Child Left Behind would be amended and reauthorized) by offering each state “flexibility” waivers from some of the more onerous federal mandates in NCLB. Those waivers were offered to states in part in exchange for adopting “college and career-ready standards” or standards that were “common to a significant number of states,” which most states understood to mean Common Core.
Although the Secretary of Education has authority to offer waivers from parts of the law, the executive branch policymaking represented by the waiver pacts sets concerning precedent and grows the department’s power over state and local education decision-making.
Common Core = Communism
Obama resign? He'll see mass killing of Americans before he ever does that.
There should be no Federal money in State schools. This is the primary reason that the US Dept of Education should be closed down. Its sole purpose is not to assist the States in education but to control what and how the States teach their students. My advice to Indiana would be to figure out a way to do without Federal money and tell the Feds to take a hike.
Brilliant idea for ALL 50 States! ABOLISH the U. S. Department of Education!
WE have been trying that for years .. we need conservatives in congress in order to accomplish this ..
Vote Folks .. we can't stay home and let some one else take care of this.. that's what has put us into this situation .. we need a 100% turn out of ":LIVE " Registered voters ..
Common Core Communism Leads To More Of This...
A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots!
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government 'cracks down' on legal gun sales to law abiding citizens while secretly supplying illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your local government (Chicago) outlawed gun ownership for 'the safety of its citizens' and now boasts the worst murder rate in the country — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
What a country!
How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?
This was borrowed from another blog, please spread it far and wide!
Restore Religious Freedom. On June 2, 1979, one man initiated the collapse of repressive atheism in Europe. His words to hundreds of thousands of citizens in Victory Square prompted their thunderous response of “We Want God.” Then millions of their fellow citizens took up the call to restore religious freedom to their nation, and their political leaders in Moscow knew that Pope Saint John Paul II would win (see Peggy Noonan’s article “We Want God”). In America we can draw on those same three words to stop the assault on religious freedom being conducted by repressive bureaucracies in Washington. Our path to success will be through the voting process on November 4, 2014, as we vote for political candidates who will honor our religious freedoms. Use our votes to tell them “We Want God.” Fred Denny St. Louis, MO
And we still have the audacity to think that we are a free people? If we continue to refuse to stand up against obama and his minions, then we will become a nation ruled by a tyrant and departmental neonazi administrators that are not elected officials, who make rules and regulations without congressional approval, and contiue to dictate how we will live our lives.
Yes, it is a law and it is over-reach. When congress passes a law, the phrase "at the discretion of the Secretary" is often added for implementation/intrepretation of that law. But, in the past five years, we have seen that many of these unelected government employes take inordinate pleasure in abusing that phrase.
Is almost the same curriculum that is taught in Cuba.
OMG. A state challenging the Wash DC policy of "One size fits all" by the politically correct appointees in the Agency.