Mainstream conservatives (translation: liberals with flag lapel pins) are just cooing about how this disastrous federal law is finally being dismantled State by State. But the details of what’s actually being implemented reveal we’re joy riding through a constitutional mine field:
States must commit to turning around failing schools and tying teacher evaluation to student achievement to sidestep the nation’s main public-education law, President Barack Obama said.
States that take those and other steps will be granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind law’s 2014 deadline for reaching 100 percent proficiency on standardized state reading and math exams, according to a White House statement yesterday.
No good can come of this. The “No Child Left Behind” legislation was a major assault on States’ Rights. There is NOTHING in the Constitution that grants the central government the power to control the States’ schools. The ONLY reaction to this illegal legislation should have been nullification. But since No Child was rammed through by George W. Bush, a mainstream conservative (see definition above), conservatives accepted it.
Obama is no dummy. Notice how he’s using the partial dismantling of a disastrous mistake as an excuse to re-affirm the sovereignty of the central government over the people of the States. Notice, also, how the State legislators are rolling over in humble compliance. The poor fools think they’ve won something.