Vitter Introduces Common Core Bill in U.S. Senate

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On December 2nd U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA), who recently did an about turn on Common Core, introduced S. 2967 in the U.S. Senate.  S. 2967 – “Local Control of Education Act” is meant to curb the growing federal intrusion into education.

The summary reads, “To prohibit the Federal Government from mandating, incentivizing, or coercing States to adopt the Common Core State Standards or any other  specific academic standards, instructional content, curricula, assessments, or programs of instruction.

The bill amends the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7907) it specifically prohibits the federal government from “mandating Common Standards, Programs of Instruction, Curricula, Assessments, or Academic Standards.”

I also like the following section it would not allow the U.S. Department of Education’s officers or employees (or any other agency’s employees to “mandate, direct, or control” a state, local educational agency, or a local school’s “specific instructional content or any specific academic standard, assessment, curriculum, or program of instruction.”

The bill specifically mentions Common Core and assessments aligned to Common Core, but it is broad enough to deal with different standards down the road.

It also prohibits the federal government from incentivizing into adopting the standards, assessment, etc.  They are also not to provide funding that is conditional to adopting a set standards, assessment, etc.

We’ll be watching this bill.

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