The 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act stated: "Nothing in this act" shall authorize any federal official to "mandate, direct, or control" school curriculum. The 1970 General Education Provisions Act stipulates that "no provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any" federal agency or official "to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, or selection of instructional materials by any" school system. The 1979 law that created the Department of Education forbids it to exercise "any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum."
Despite all those emphatic words, the trendy expensive new curriculum called Common Core is artfully designed to impose de facto national uniformity while pretending comply with federal prohibitions.
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