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ERIC Number: ED531395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-16
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
States Must Reject National Education Standards while There Is Still Time. Backgrounder, No. 2680
Burke, Lindsey M.
Heritage Foundation
For four and a half decades, the federal role in education has been growing. Costly in terms of taxpayer dollars spent and local control of education lost, this expanding federal control has failed to improve outcomes for America's children. National standards will further expand Washington's role--and will remove parents from decisions about the content taught in their children's schools. Yet the Obama Administration is intent on nationalizing the content taught in every public school across America. Without congressional approval, the Administration has used a combination of carrots and sticks to spur states to sign on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Common Core includes costly and questionable national standards for English and math, and federally funded national assessments have been crafted to align with the standards. State leaders who believe in limited government and liberty should resist the imposition of national standards and tests in their states. (Contains 29 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top