OBAMA’S CARROT AND STICK CONTROL OF OUR NATION’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY THE FEDS

Obama’s ESEA blueprint constantly reiterates that states will be in control of their public schools, yet the heavy hand of the USDOE will fall upon any states that do not fall in line with the Common Core Standards.

A Blueprint for Reform

The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

United States Department of Education

March 2010

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/blueprint.pdf

Quote from Obama:

“My Administration’s blueprint for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is not only a plan to renovate a flawed law, but also an outline for a re-envisioned federal role in education.”

This report goes on to present every sweet-sounding, people-pleasing idea known to man.  We are supposed to be “Wowed” by the ideas presented in this report, and parents all over this country are supposed to sleep at night knowing that the Obama administration is going to fix their children’s schools.

Excerpt from this report:

“Beginning in 2015, formula funds will be available only to states that are implementing assessments based on college- and career-ready standards that are common to a significant number of states.” — PP. 11 – 12

My translation:  Obama’s ESEA blueprint constantly reiterates that states will be in control of their public schools, yet the heavy hand of the USDOE will fall upon any states that do not fall in line with the Common Core Standards.  Federal funds will be kept from any states that decide to follow their own standards and assessments rather than the national standards and assessments. This indeed is the federal takeover of the public schools by the Obama administration through withholding federal funds from those states that choose to practice state/local control.

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  1. Laurie Calvert

    Donna,
    I am a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education and an English teacher in North Carolina.
    I caught your blog post and wanted to clarify the policy for college and career-ready standards.

    While it is true states must demonstrate that they are adopting college- and career-ready standards by 2015, they do not have to adopt the Common Core in order to receive their funding streams. The Common Core that the states developed is one easy way for states to meet the requirement for high standards, but there are other avenues as well.

    States may also work with their state colleges and universities to have these institutions of higher learning certify that students who fulfill the state’s standards will be prepared for college and careers without remediation. This is the second way to continue to receive federal funding streams in 2015.

    The reason for raising our standards is that colleges and universities are reporting that many of their students are unprepared to succeed and are thus dropping out before they achieve a diploma. As a result, students often owe the colleges money at a time when they have not yet earned the credentials or skills to get a job that will enable them to successfully support themselves and their families or to pay back their college loans!

    Laurie Calvert

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