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  • Group Pushes Back on National Standards Education Overreach

    American taxpayers, businesses, and families are outraged by the nationalization of health care through Obamacare. They’re upset by the federal overreach, the loss of health care choices they’ll soon face, Obamacare’s astounding price tag, and the opaque process by which this massive legislation was enacted.

    If they found Obamacare upsetting, then Americans should take a look at the Obama Administration’s overreach in education. Last week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) did just that, examining the push for national standards during a meeting of its Education Task Force.

    For the past two years, the Obama Education Department has been supporting an effort to implement national education standards and tests. The national standards push, which will affect all public schools, has been underway outside the normal legislative process. At least (to quote Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute) Obamacare went through Congress.

    The push for what is called the Common Core State Standards Initiative began with the National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in early 2009. The two groups drafted math and English language arts standards to define what every local public school in America would teach.

    The Obama Administration joined in the effort right away, conditioning access to the $4.35 billion Race to the Top program on whether a state would adopt the new standards. Washington was now rhetorically and financially supporting the Common Core national standards, and it also set $350 million on the table to develop national assessments aligned to the new standards. President Obama also suggested in his “blueprint” to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that federal Title I money—$14.5 billion for low-income schools—could be tied to adoption of the standards. And most recently, President Obama tied access to NCLB waivers to adoption of “college and career-ready” common standards.

    Conservatives are concerned about this fast-moving effort to nationalize standards and tests. And last week, state leaders amped up the fight against more federal control of education.

    At the ALEC meeting, model legislation was passed out of the Education Task Force that provides a blueprint for states that want to exit the national standards project and regain control over what is taught in local schools.

    The freedom for a state to utilize model legislation from ALEC is very much unlike the Common Core national standards, which were thrust onto states by the Obama Administration under the threat of losing federal funding.

    It’s time for state leaders to stand up to strong-arming from Washington, instead of faulting conservative organizations for pushing back on this latest federal overreach. A nationalization of education is underway, and unless conservatives work to fight Washington’s power grab, Obamacare won’t be the only overreach we’ll have to live under.

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    4 Responses to Group Pushes Back on National Standards Education Overreach

    1. Bobbie says:

      how can they just dump their crap at any time? parents have been voicing their displeasure of federal intrusion for years but oh well, Mr. Obama is going to do it anyway? NO! we need control of our own governance and the president needs to learn his Constitutional duty!! national standardization is only a promotion of indoctrination of further dummying down. stop the fed crossing of the Constitutional line!

    2. Mathguy says:

      Lindsey, please keep reporting on this.
      This legislation was presented to the ALEC Board by their Education Task Force. The board has not revealed their decision to support or oppose it.
      You didn't mention that the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation just gave ALEC $376,635.00 in November as reported in Modern Times Magazine: http://www.moderntimesmagazine.com/page15/ALEC_Wr
      There are two questions to ask.
      1. Has the Gates Foundation ever donated to ALEC before?
      2. If they have, what month of the year does it usually occur?
      I look forward to the decision of the ALEC Board and to follow up articles by Heritage.

    3. Is it true that Texas is the only the state that has refused to adopt the common core?

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