Former Department of Education Officials: Obama is Illegally Forcing Federal ‘Common Core’ Education Standards On the States

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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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  • OccupyMike

    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.

  • StrangernFiction

    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.

  • OCBill

    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.

  • Molon Labe

    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?

  • sean

    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?

  • Ausonius

    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?

  • Taqiyyotomist


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

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #5 sean

    Well, there’s psychology, for one.

  • dunce

    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.

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  • #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.

  • 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.

  • wanumba

    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.

  • wanumba

    #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.

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  • Molon Labe

    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.

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  • squeaky

    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.

  • squeaky

    #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.

  • RedBeard

    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.

  • jorgen

    #11 tommy mc donnell commented:

    #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.

    Well, in the case of sheeps like occupymike, the government is probably more qualified.

  • Jenny

    Well this explains why “What Causes Global Warming” is a test question for all 7th Graders on their national test. And why Islam is being pushed in our schools. I sent this report to my school district and Rep. Pete King. I’m already fighting a battle about my son having to complete a 5 pillars of islam project in school and watch a video where a muslim cleric tells the students that Christians and muslims believe in the same GOD. And this year a US History teacher putting up a political spectrum chart during a discussion of the 13 colonies. The left side has liberal, Democrat, a donkey and “socialism/communism” and MLK/Malcolm X; The Right side has conservative, Republican, an elephant, “KKK/Neo-Nazi”.

    And we wonder why the Republican population has decreased in Ohio.

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  • Stan

    The 4 Core Curricula:

    1) Man-made climate change
    2) Getting in touch with your inner homosexuality/transexuality
    3) Islam: The Religion of Peace
    4) Community organization and socially acceptable economy

  • RKflorida

    All I can think of seeing that picture is “Why is that demonic man scaring that little girl?”

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Again, wanumba: your comments are spot-on, incisive, and amazing.

    You and Skookum over at would get along fine, I’m guessing.

    He has also had an extranormal life, and is full of stories which teach, which he posts there — from experiences that most workaday Americans, sadly, only read about in novels.

    And comment sections on blogs.

    I hope you are considering blogging, either making your own or contributing (my suggestion) to a good blog. Hell, even a not-so-good blog would be raised a few notches by the insight you offer.

    😀 my 2 cents.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #22 Jenny

    I think I’ll go chew on nails now. 🙁

  • Taqiyyotomist

    They teach Malcom X’s early, revolutionary, insane years.

    Never his latter, born-again Christian years, when he denounced NOI as a “pseudo-religion”.

    Interesting that they do the same with Darwin, disregarding all that he said to refute his earlier work later in his life.

    The Great Leap Forward is about to be upon us.

    In case you missed that I’ve been harping on that. 🙂

    Christ is key. Sing when they burn you at the stake! When you see these so-called Progressives pushing your lifeless corpse into the incinerator or the mass-grave, it will be from above — and you’ll be figuratively shaking your head, not surprised all, knowing that the Progressives, doing what they naturally and historically do, will also depart their bodies one day, and will also be judged — and sentenced.

    “I see a bad moon risin’….”

  • Jenny

    Yes me too, #27 February 10, 2012 at 9:37 am
    Taqiyyotomist commented:

    The local school administration response to my sending this report is:

    “I believe the splintered, local control curriculum and assessment approach that the US has had is what has led to our International demise. The variability in performance expectations varies across different states and honestly Ohio has set its passing score on its achievement tests at a drastically low level. The result has been “fooling” people into believing that a student might be Proficient in reading at a local (in this case a state level), when in fact the student isn’t proficient at a National or International level. The Common Core movement started at a grass roots level and was conducted by Superintendents of Public Instruction from the individual states. There are 46 states that have become part of it. I just gave a presentation to our Early Childhood PTA on this very subject.

    As it relates to teaching and learning, we know more now than we ever have and to give complete curriculum, instruction and assessment control to the individual states has led to disastrous consequences as demonstrated by our International performances on the PISA and TIMMS.

    I attached a file that shows our Postsecondary Degree attainment in the International community.”

  • No Dumb Asses! He is forcing egalitarian secular humanism down our throats in preparation for the final conquest. For God sakes people! Read Saul Alinski, read the history of Stalin and Hitler, read Marx and gain an understanding of what these people are up to and who their heroes are!

    Obama and Hillary both worshiped at the feet of Alinski and Obama taught his radicalism at Harvard!

    The man told you that he was out to ‘fundamentally change America’ and he is damn well doing it.

  • RedBeard

    Locutis, with whom are you disagreeing, and about what specifically? I can tell you’re disagreeing, what with the “dumbasses” comment and all.

  • Tanna

    I agree with RKFlorida.
    To be honest, this is one of the most frightening pictures I’ve ever seen; like the product of a fevered imagination.
    It reminds me of the clown from “It”.

  • lemonaide

    They steal our money and then bribe us with it…

  • wanumba

    #26 February 10, 2012 at 9:35 am
    Taqiyyotomist commented:

    Man thanks again. I check out Flopping Aces from time to time, but I’ll take a look at Skookum.
    Good tip.

    Well, I’m going to stick my neck out here since you’ve been so nice:
    I have been writing for a local conservative blog, but I am taking a break to complete the ten novels I have composed. I have to put up a blog for them… working on that too (gah! complicated)

    Recently, I did put the first book on Amazon Kindle. Fast adventure reads in the spirit of Louis L’Amour’s Sacketts. I started writing the first book in India in 2003 – I say that because I don’t think anyone will believe me on the dates when they discover the “Tea Party” Revolutionary American theme wound into a modern conflict that directly alludes to the Barbary War, linking past to present. I decided to put my ideas and background into novels – to entertain.

    The First book is WARPATH Gunpowder Tea

    Here’s my author bio:

    (Naliaka is the African name that was given to me years ago.)

    The books have a huge cast of characters – Americans, Cubans, Cops, Cowboys and Hindustan Indians, Africans, Mexicans. Very much celebrates courage, right over wrong, and heros the real kind not the super duper costume ones.

    The next book is W.A.W.A- West Africa Wins Again, the third is NAMASTE, the fourth YAWON DANDI …. there’re more, and the action moves back and forth from the USA to Africa to India.

    I haven’t done a thing yet to market, as I want to put up No. 2 W.A.W.A. up as it’s quite different yet carries unresolved conflicts from the first into the second.

    So, I haven’t a clue as how to market to get the news out essentially to the Conservative market, and probably youth (all ages) but I think I got the essential marketing issue: it’s .99 cents! I photographed the cover myself – the brass shell casing is from the tank battle of Abyei in South Sudan.

    So, if you’d and anyone else be motivated to check it out and buy one and if you can recommend it, it’d be awesome and I’d greatly appreciate it.

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  • mike

    Hope the Bishops continue to fight this fake concession by Obama. There is good information and articles about this issue by Deacon Dan Gannon on