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Friday, April 15, 2016

Surprise! Education Secretary Implements Law His Way

The Commercial Appeal reports: "U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander angrily accused the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday of blatantly ignoring part of the new school reform law that Congress passed last year with overwhelming bipartisan support."

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice . . .

Alexander contended that King's department would require spending to be equal between Title I and non-Title I schools when the law merely requires spending to be "comparable." To ensure the law's implementation as he wrote it, Alexander even threatened to use the congressional appropriations process.

It's good to see a senator standing up for the prerogatives of the legislative branch, but the best solution would have been to pass a bill that didn't give so much authority to the federal Department of Education in the first place. Failing that, the Senate could have chosen not to confirm King, whose reputation as an autocrat was well-established in New York. Senator Alexander's anger at the department is justified, but it comes far too late.

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