With the launch of Race to the Top for school districts, the U.S. Department of Education demolishes federalism,
Congress should de-fund the Race to the Top.
Arne Duncan has absolutely no justification for foisting his unfounded, evidence-free ideas on the nation’s school districts.
Should every school district look like Chicago, one of the nation’s lowest-performing districts, which he led for eight years?
A reader in Louisiana writes:
“The competition comes as the Education Department, which has focused on state-level reform in previous Race to the Top contests, switches gears and tries to use money to advance its education ideas at the local level. . . “
Translation – This RTTT motive, like the first RTTT initiative, is to bring about FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL of PUBLIC education which has served as a model of a democratic system of taxpayer, voter, citizen local control by elected school boards. This FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL is covertly accomplished by requiring state, and now local, PUBLIC education systems to voluntarily, under the guise of “helping schools become engines of innovation” and similar crapola rhetoric, give up their control in order to gain desperately needed funding.
The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER is assisted by “reformers” who have infiltrated state and local levels as “policymakers” – school board members, legislators, state board of education members and most prominently Chambers of Commerce and other BUSINESS/CORPORATE interests. Their primary role has been to convince the public that our public school system in toto is an abject FAILURE so as to open the dialogue for replacement by “autonomous” CHARTERS and PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL SCHOOL VOUCHERS. This under the guise of CHOICE.
Interestingly, the U.S. Dept. of Ed under a DEMOCRATIC Administration in the interests of government control has teamed up with the REPUBLICAN corporate ANTI-GOVERNMENT takover in the interest of privatization. Strange bedfellows. This dichotomous relationship is bringing about what may predictably become the most destructive undermining of our Democracy that has ever taken place.
The U.S. Dept. of Education has NO AUTHORITY to dictate or influence state education policies such as curriculum and funding, but it believes it has found a way to circumvent that restriction by bribing states and now districts to bring about initiatives like the Common Core Standards, de-centralization of local school systems, budget decisions and teacher evaluations – to name a few.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCTION NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT FOR THIS EGREGIOUS OVERSTEPPING!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA .