There is little mistaking that the recent move by the Department of Education to threaten education funds in Indiana is nothing short of Federal control of education policy. All the mantras about States having the ultimate power and it being driven by the States is becoming more and more unbelievable. From the article in “The Enterprise.”
Indiana, which recently became the first state to withdraw from the new Common Core standards and just last week adopted its own testing standards, is apparently facing possible suspension of its No Child Left Behind waiver, which could badly jeopardize the state’s funding priorities. The notice came in the form of a letter to Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz from Deb Delisle, assistant U.S. Secretary of Education.
As reported in the Blaze:
The letter from the U.S. Education Department demonstrates “just how weak the phrases ‘state-led’ and ‘voluntary’ became when used to describe Common Core,” wrote Brittany Corona, a domestic policy researcher at the Heritage Foundation.
The truth is, we need to get the Federal Government out of the educational decision-making process. There is little history of the Federal Government being involved in something “voluntary” for very long. Ms. Corona’s article also refers to an exploration of the entire No Child Left Behind “waiver saga,” which further illustrates how disingenuous the administration is on the “state-led” concept.
It’s time that Congress demand from the administration an explanation as to why a supposedly voluntary program is being used as an extortion tool by the Federal Government.