Sunday, May 7, 2017

ESSA and DeVos: Is it time for Reykdal and Ferguson to Resist?

Recently WA State Attorney General has been at the forefront in resisting federal actions.  Chris Reykdal is WA State's recently elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Would they together resist the current  Secretary of the US Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, in her request for submitting a plan to her department for approval in regard to  WA State's plans to fulfill ESSA,

When DeVos says, "Power has been returned to state and local entities to be able to decide what standards and what expectations they are going to have of their students," she is referring to ESSA.  ESSA requires states to submit their ESSA plans to her for approval.  How is that local control?  It is a step towards federally mandated local control.

The US Constitution is very clear that many areas are reserved for control by the individual state. Education is such an area.  WA State should assert its sovereignty and refuse to comply on constitutional grounds. Superintendent Reykdal should not submit education plans to Secretary DeVos.

WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has done a good job resisting President Trump, why stop now? 

Did we learn nothing about  the manipulation of education issues from 8 years under Obama/Duncan/King and the 2002 No Child Left Behind act?  Time to ignore these Charlatans once and for all, because the US Constitution says we can.

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