Vouchers2The federal government is moving to get ahead of states in the school choice arena and it could effectively create a nationalized education system. “Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything.” – Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.

This is not a direct indictment of Common Core standards as it is an indictment on how the federal government is using tax dollars to take over schools using the words “School choice” as their Trojan horse.

While some people consider Governor Jindal to be hyperbolic, they should first read through House Resolution 5. House Resolution 5, sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R) of Minnesota, titled “Student Success Act” was first introduced during the 113th Congress. The bill passed the House on July 19, 2013 but did not pass the Senate. Rep. John Kline (R-MN)50% has reintroduced the bill and it is currently being reviewed/updated by the House Education and the Workforce committee. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)46% is creating a similar bill for the Senate.

“Jindal names the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the suit, which argues that states are forced to cede their “sovereign authority over education policy to the federal government” to receive federal grants and police waivers linked to adoption of the standards.” – Los Angeles Times, Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds, says Common Core violates states’ rights

House Resolution 5 (HR5) requires states who accept federal funds for school vouchers waive all rights to legislate or operate state level education. While the verbiage is written in the positive, implying that states retain their rights, that retention is tied directly to federal funds. Note, “the Secretary” is the Secretary of Education, currently Mr. Arne Duncan. (excerpts from HR5 filed in July 2013).


States to retain rights and authorities they do not expressly waive


Retention of rights and authorities

No officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary shall enforce against an authority of a State, nor shall any authority of a State have any obligation to obey, any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act, nor shall such program operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have by law expressly approved that program and, in doing so, have waived the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.

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