Read the Bill: #ESEA Proposal Ends Federal Common Core Coercion
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 2, 2015
After decades of federal intrusion into the nation’s schools, it’s no surprise the congressional effort to replace No Child Left Behind has been met with some myths and misinformation about how a new education law will affect students, parents, and teachers. In particular, many have voiced concerns about whether the bill prohibits Washington’s involvement in Common Core. Fortunately, it absolutely does.
To help set the record straight, here are several provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act – taken directly from the legislative text – that clearly prohibit the federal government from incentivizing or coercing states into adopting Common Core:
Setting standards, developing curriculum, and assessing student achievement should be a state and local responsibility – not a federal one. That’s why the Every Student Succeeds Act places new and unprecedented prohibitions on the authority of the secretary of education and prohibits the secretary from incentivizing, forcing, or coercing states into adopting Common Core. You can read it for yourself.
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