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February 22, 2010

OBAMA INTERFERES WITH LOCAL PUBLIC EDUCATION AGAIN

WASHINGTON POST - President Obama announced he will seek to raise academic standards across the country by requiring states to certify that their benchmarks for reading and mathematics put students on track for college or a career. . . Under the proposal, $14.5 billion in annual education aid for students from poor families would be tied to states' action on standards. . .

White House and Education Department officials said a state could show that its benchmarks meet the expected level two ways: by adopting standards developed through a consortium of states or by certifying, in a process to be developed with universities, that their existing standards are high enough. . .

Despite the momentum behind the common standards initiative, some critics suggest that it is a back-door attempt by the federal government to impose national standards. The Obama administration denies that charge.

Still, efforts to establish national standards in the 1990s foundered on the argument that state and local authorities should not cede control of what gets taught in schools.

That line of attack, dormant for some time, might revive as the common standards movement gathers steam.


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