The issue of federal involvement in education policy has bubbled below the surface of American politics for years. President George W. Bush really pushed the federal government into education in a big way with No Child Left Behind. Now, President Obama is using “Common Core Standards” to further involve the feds in the classroom. Among other issues with this is the fact that Obama is doing so without ever having gone to Congress for approval.
Columnist George Will has an interesting article on the issue here while our friends at several free market think tanks have produced a report detailing the legal justifications and lack of legal support for what the Obama Administration is doing in education.
Lastly, I co-signed a letter that was signed by dozens of education leaders nationwide on the problem of what “Common Core” will do to innovation in education.