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According to an article on Missouri Education Watchdog, a press release from the Pioneer Institute states that Robert S Eitel (former Department of Education Deputy General Counsel), Kent D. Talbert (former Department of Education General Counsel) and William M. Evers (former senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings) have completed a report titled, “The Road to a National Curriculum: The Legal Aspects of the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, and Conditional Waivers“.  This report points out how the Obama administration has been illegally forcing ‘Common Core’ Education standards onto the states:

“Despite three federal laws that prohibit federal departments or agencies from directing, supervising or controlling elementary and secondary school curricula, programs of instruction and instructional materials, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) has placed the nation on the road to a national curriculum, according to a new report written by a former general counsel and former deputy general counsel of the United States Department of Education.

With only minor exceptions, the General Education Provisions Act, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), ban the Department from directing, supervising, or controlling elementary and secondary school curriculum, programs of instruction, and instructional materials.

“The Department has designed a system of discretionary grants and conditional waivers that effectively herds states into accepting specific standards and assessments favored by the Department,” said Robert S. Eitel, who co-authored the report with Kent D. Talbert.

The authors find that the Obama administration has used the Race to the Top Fund and the Race to the Top Assessment Program to push states to adopt standards and assessments that are substantially the same across nearly all states. “By leveraging funds through its Race to the Top Fund and the Race to the Top Assessment Program, the Department has accelerated the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (“CCSS”) in English language arts and mathematics, as well as the development of common assessments based on those standards,” added Talbert, former General Counsel of the Department.

Through its Race to the Top Assessment Program, the authors explain how the Department has awarded $362 million to consortia to develop common assessments and measure student achievement.  Two consortia have won a total of $330 million, and each has been awarded an additional $15.9 million supplemental grant to “help” states move to common standards and assessments.

“There is no constitutional or statutory basis for national standards, national assessments, or national curricula,” said Bill Evers, research fellow at Stanford University‟s Hoover Institution and Koret Task Force on K-12 Education member. “The two testing consortia funded by the U.S. Department of Education have already expanded their activities well beyond the limits of the law. As this paper recommends, the actions of the Department warrant congressional hearings.”






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  1. States are too stupid to have the right kind of standards. That is why the president has to do this, so that all children have a good education.

  2. Didn’t Barry mention something about wanting the states to make brain wash…..err education through high school mandatory? Why yes, I believe he did. Of course he left out the “and if the states don’t do it he will” part.

  3. This was all freseeable. It’s thhe same way we ot the 55mph speed limit, seat belt laws, and a national standard drinking age. The federal government uses tax money collected from the states to create dependency by the states. They then threaten to withhold all or part of those funds if the states don’t toe the federal line. What you wind up with is a nifty little circumvention of the Constitution and a creeping growth of federal power.

    This is summarized in a nice little story called “Thw Wild and Free Pigs of the Okefenokee Swamp” (link below). Read it and weep for our future.

  4. Just another reason to eliminate this useless agency. By the way Obama spent over a 1 billion on cellphones for the “poor.” Can you say redistributing the wealth of your grandchildren?

  5. As a college instructor – that spent time in the real world creating businesses and hiring people – I’m often surprised that a profession that has been “educating” our county’s students for centuries is always changing their “standards” and methods of assessment. I wonder how many other professions have a similar revolving door regarding their own standards and assessment techniques?

  6. occupymike:
    I wonder how someone gets involved in subversive movements. Perhaps you could explain your attraction to totalitarian movements such as what you suggest.
    Also, could you briefly explain what the right sort of standards are exactly?

  7. Woohoo!

    Great Leap Forward II – Mao x10 Edition, here we come!

  8. #5 sean

    Well, there’s psychology, for one.

  9. Yes, they are breaking the law, but how can the laws be enforced? Do not say impeachment, if they will not impeach for the murder of a border patrol agent and gun running in this country and hundreds of deaths in Mexico because all impeachments are tried in the senate where the democrats have majority and they will never convict obama or any of his socialist minions of anything. We are living effectively in a dictatorship. Obama is beyond the reach of the law because the senate is a partner in his corruption.

  10. #6…occupymike is one of those people who thinks that people in the federal government are there because they are the most qualified instead of being the biggest political hack.

  11. Thank goodness the dems don’t have a supermajority anymore.

    And thank goodness it’s 2012. November can’t come too soon. Too bad it’s still nine months away. I wish the dems had less time to decimate our military and educational systems. Not to mention the nuclear missiles and our relationships with former allies. If he was not a Manchurian candidate, he gave a very good impression of one.

  12. Those common core standards are a bad joke, even worse than what the schools have as ipso facto a common Leftist crap curriculum already.

    This generation of chidlren are NOT being EDUCATED, at enormous cost in money and later greater society slump in productivity and skills for complex jobs. OUR students do not have the maths skills to be a TILE LAYER. They don’t have “grammar” they can read only to a fourth grade level thanks to “whole language rote memorization” they think Egypt is a “pueblo,” and they cannot find AFRICA on the map to save their LIVES. THat’s a CONTINENT.

    The schools put “compass” on the school supply lists, and the stores sell them, and the kids NEVER use them. NEVER. Meanwhile, in other countries, first graders are constucting complex geometric figures with compasses.

    If the LEftists are shovign tis down everyone’ throats then they NEED more stupid, indotrinated people.

    WHEN are PARENTS going to stop letting TV and union slugs teach their kids right and wrong, adding and subtracting? The LEft as always works on TWO fronts: the kids and the laziness of parents.

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    #5 February 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm
    sean commented:
    As a college instructor – that spent time in the real world creating businesses and hiring people – I’m often surprised that a profession that has been “educating” our county’s students for centuries is always changing their “standards” and methods of assessment. I wonder how many other professions have a similar revolving door regarding their own standards and assessment techniques?

    That’s a fair question. ALso add to that the question, WHY does the US education system allow so much variation between teachers and professors for class standards, expectations and class plans? The variations guarantee a good chunk of students never get any proper grounding in the stated subjects – a complete waste of time with huge frustrations.

    The schools do not provide a reliable, standard product, and excuse it as “professors have different styles and viewpoints.”

    If McDonalds tolerated as much discrepency between hamburgers, they’d be out of business in three days flat.

    I say US because other countries manage to impose more quality control and standardization on their teachers, but then again, their teachers are required from the get-go to know their subjects, too.

    Our son has a rigorous, higher standard and far more effective SPANISH instruction in a French-speaking AFRICAN country right now than any of our kids at any HS grade and school had in Arizona, three hours from MEXICO. How absurd is that? A state with Spanish all over the place, easy to practice, can’t teach it to anyone??? The overwhelming majority of the Hispanic kids in our schools are completely illiterate in their mother tongue, barely literate in English. Most of our English speakers are barely literate in English.

    Just pathetic what’s going on in the States. People have a sense it’s bad, but they have no concept of the collossal magnitudes of how bad and how far out of line with the rest of the world we’ve fallen.

    I’ve checked the core standards being pushed by the LEft. They will not fix this problem, they make it WORSE. Obama’s toxic buddy Bill Ayers is already one of the people directly responsible for destoying traditional instruction, especially mathematics – ominously targeted for destruction to destroy proper logical thinking.

  14. Well Obama wants every school child to know they speak Austrianin Vienna and that there are 57 states in the union. DC must control the standards opf education so that school children throughout the USA are as well educated as Barrack.

  15. we can’t let this guy slip off the map. he had a blog associated with the obama campaign until attention was brought to it.

  16. #4 February 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm
    Molon Labe commented:
    [[Just another reason to eliminate...]]
    safelink, reach out wireless and now assurance….and while they’re advertised for emergency use i don’t think he-haw calls and drug [illegal] orders constitute emergencies. i know people who could well afford their own phones who refuse to opt out of anything if the government will pay it for them. and the cost of these phones come in part from fees assed to regular users.

  17. There is no authority for the feds to be involved in education in any way whatsoever.

    The entire bureaucratic Department of Education should be dismantled, leaving not a trace behind.

    Both parties are responsible for the mess we’re in, with the difference being only one of degree. Republicans are less dogmatic and aggressive in the effort to screw up education in this country, but only slightly. No Child Left Behind will forever stain the record of George W. Bush, as he teamed up with the execrable Ted Kennedy to push that abominable federal power grab.

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