My Feedback for Senator Alexander on “Fixing” NCLB

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I sent an email to (today is the last day you can provide feedback).  My email was short and sweet.

Senator Alexander,

It is time to sunset NCLB, not fix it.  The 10th Amendment of the Constitution is quite clear.  “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution. nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Education sir is nowhere to be found in Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution.  It is not an enumerated power of Congress.  It has historically been a role of municipalities and states, and I challenge you to point to any instance a federal role has helped to raise student achievement.

We need to end federal intervention in education.  We must shrink the role of the U.S. Department of Education if not abolish it altogether.  If we are going to fund education at the federal level it should be done by block grants to the states with no strings attached.  No carrots or sticks.  If nothing else the U.S. Department of Education should only be a clearinghouse of resources, not a regulatory body.

At the very least we must, we must, end the federal annual testing requirement put in place by No Child Left Behind.  We must also end any federal funding for Common Core.  Testing and standards should be left to the states without any federal interference whatsoever.

I can say that I don’t hold out much hope as they seem to be in a major rush to reauthorize NCLB even though it has been in limbo since 2007 based on their automatic reply.

Thank you for sending your thoughts and concerns on Fixing No Child Left Behind. The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee looks forward to receiving input from all sides of the discussion as we move forward with a bipartisan reauthorization process to ensure that all 50 million students in our nation’s 100,000 public schools can succeed.

My goodness we sent a man to the moon before there was a  U.S. Department of Education and launched the space race before the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Why in the world do these people think we need the federal government to do anything with education?

5 thoughts on “My Feedback for Senator Alexander on “Fixing” NCLB

  1. It is time to get the Federal Government out of education. NCLB needs to go into the trashcan of history as
    another failed Federal intrusion into issues best handled on the state level.

  2. You are so right! It’s ridiculous. Sadly, it’s not about our children’s education….it’s all about money.
    I emailed Lamar and my RI state senators. We will see what auto response comes.

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