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Our Coercive U.S. Department of Education

I guess one would be led to believe that having the U.S. Department of Education REVOKE the state’s No Child Left Behind Waiver was a bad thing.  We would ask you to consider a few things first.

If every state rejected Common Core and all of the strings attached LIKE the “attack on teachers”, it would force the Federal politicians to deal with No Child Left Behind.  They could for instance, REPEAL THE LAW!  Everyone knows it’s a bad law so repeal it.

Instead you have the Federal Govt. using a bad law as a tool to get states to adopt standards and policies that they do not want.  That’s called COERCION.

If every state REJECTED this tyrannical approach to education reform, we could go back to the people’s representatives working through the legislative process to deal with public education.  What we have now is a U.S. Department of Education ignoring laws that our representatives passed in order to force more damaging education reforms on all of us.

Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire Department of Education should be fighting this instead of allowing themselves to be used in this anti-democratic process.

The Education Department is pulling Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver because the state has not met the department’s timeline for tying teacher evaluations to student performance metrics.

Washington is the first state to lose its waiver. The loss will give local districts less flexibility in using federal funds. For instance, they may now be required to spend millions on private tutoring services for at-risk students. The waiver revocation could also result in nearly every school across the state being labeled as failing under NCLB.

Washington had pledged in its waiver application to make student growth a significant factor in teacher and principal evaluations by the 2014-15 school year. But the state Legislature refused to pass a bill mandating that student performance on statewide assessments be included in teacher evaluations. The department placed the state on “high-risk” status in August. Arizona, Kansas and Oregon are also at risk of losing their waivers.

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