Monday, September 07, 2009

Did Obama Break School Rules?

According to Christina Erland Culver, who is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education, the classroom activities provided by Obama for his speech may violate federal statute.
Federal statute denies any authority to the Department of Education to provide any kind of curriculum or anything that can be passed down to the state, and that’s part of the statute forming the Department of Education. So they kinda got themselves into this mess because they didn’t really understand some of the key legal roles ore the dos and don’ts at the Federal Department of Education.”
And indeed the Department of Education in collaboration with the Teaching Ambassadors Fellows provides lesson plans and activities for all grade levels. But of course, the ends justify the means and therefore the law doesn't apply to those who have our children's best interest at heart.

If anyone is interested in the actual code you can find it here at 20 U.S.C. § 3403.

Interesting that statute also says,
 (3) parents have the primary responsibility for the education
of their children, and States, localities, and private
institutions have the primary responsibility for supporting that
parental role;

(4) in our Federal system, the primary public responsibility
for education is reserved respectively to the States and the
local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States;
But that won't stop the Obama administration from attempting to set national standards and benchmark them internationally. We just can't have 50 ways to educate a student.

Previous posts on Obama's Speech
Obama's Lecture
Silly Season
What If?

(HT: Barbara Curtis)

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