Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Contact Your State Representatives and Senators

Every state should draft legislation like Missouri's HCR 81

Whereas, the United States Department of Education states that "Education is primarily a state and local responsibility in the United States. It is states and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation. The structure of education finance in America reflects this predominant state and local role." (; and

Whereas, in 1965, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act launched a comprehensive set of programs, including the Title I program of federal aid and in that same year, the Higher Education Act authorized assistance for postsecondary education, including financial aid programs for college tuition; and

Whereas, in 1980, the United States Congress established the United States Department of Education as a Cabinet-level agency; and

Whereas, nowhere in the United States Constitution is the United States Congress granted authority to oversee education, and the United States Department of Education is continuing to take upon itself an ever increasing role of encroaching on the jurisdiction that belongs to the states;

Did Congress Authorize Race to the Top?

Did Congress Authorize Race to the Top?

Sunday, April 25, 2010



Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper #263
LET’S DO THE NUMBERS DOE's “Race to the Top” Offers Muddled Path...

(p7) In sum, Massachusetts' willingness to permit the public to comment on its academic standars, combined with a few quirks in the weighting system, cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

Saturday, April 3, 2010