The Legislative Branch By-Pass

The Iowa Department of Education announced they are seeking citizen input for their No Child Left Behind waiver request.  You can see the full schedule of public meetings here.

This is an interesting development.  Education Director Jason Glass, representing Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, seeks a waiver for NCLB being given out by the Obama Administration.  I’m not a fan of No Child Left Behind, but I’m curious where in the constitution it says the U.S. Department of Education can just bypass the law?

There has been no congressional approval for these waivers.  But they’re not giving these out because it is the right thing to do, oh no.  There’s always a catch with the Obama administration.  You’ll get Arne Duncan’s seal of approve if, and only if, they adapt the… you guessed it – common core state standards or some other form of education reform legislation

I don’t recall the Iowa Legislature being asked to approve that either.

So we basically move from the Feds telling us what test results we should have to Feds telling us what we should teach.

Oh yes this is so *constitutional* all the way around!  What a deal!  Two by-passes for the price of one.

Originally posted on Iowa Grounds

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Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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