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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Keep the Feds Out of Education

One of the biggest reasons why parents want to get rid of Common Core in the schools is that they recognize it as an attempt of the Federal Government to take control of what our kids are taught and not taught. They know that our U.S. Constitution gives absolutely no control over education to the Federal Government and they don’t want federal control to sneak in under cover of Common Core. Parents know that the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution…are reserved to the States…, or to the people.” Federal laws have repeatedly made it crystal clear that the Federal Government has no authority whatsoever over education.

Here are some direct quotes from those federal laws. The General Education Act of 1965 states: “No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system.” That’s pretty emphatic, isn’t it?

When Congress created the U.S. Department of Education in 1979, the law again emphasized: “The establishment of the Department of Education shall not increase the authority of the Federal Government over education or diminish the responsibility for education which is reserved to the States and the local school systems.” “No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the [U.S.] Department [of Education] shall be construed to authorize the secretary…to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system.” Indeed, that is very emphatic.

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