U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) gave a floor speech about a report released by the Congressional Research Service that concluded that the U.S. Department of Education’s spending regulations under Title 1 violates the “supplement, not supplant” language in the bill.
He said in part:
What I want to talk about today is a report by the Congressional Research Service that Congressman Kline—the chairman of the House education committee—and I released today, which says in the very first attempt by the department to write a regulation implementing the new law, they flunked the test. Those are my words, not the Congressional Research Service, but their words are nearly as plain as mine. A new report by the CRS says that the proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulation goes beyond “a plain language reading of the statute” and is likely against the law. Congressman Kline said, “The administration spent years dictating national education policy. They failed to deliver the quality education every child deserves. Now the department seems determined to repeat its past mistakes. There’s no question this regulation would violate both the letter and intent of the law, and it must be abandoned. Congress and the administration promised to reduce the federal role and restore local control, and we will use every available tool to ensure that promise is kept.”
Did he think this would not happen? You give the U.S. Department of Education an inch and they will take a mile. The simple fact is this – this law does not truly give back local control. Sure it may relax somethings, but when you give so much latitude to the Department you’ll have instances like this.
Now, I’m glad Senator Alexander is calling them on it, but the simple fact is this, he should have seen it coming because we did.