U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and others want to prohibit federal funding for attempts to coerce states into adopting federal education standards. Enzi joined fellow Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and eight others in sending a letter to Senate appropriators asking for language that would prohibit federal interference in states setting academic content standards.
“I’ve long been concerned the Obama Administration is using federal education funding, like the Race to the Top Program, to coerce states to accept Common Core standards. It’s a bait and switch move with the Administration establishing the Department of Education in Washington as a national school board. Education is a state function,” Enzi said.
Enzi, Senators Grassley, Barrasso and others are asking Senate appropriators to prohibit any federal education dollars from being used to require states to adopt, develop or establish any federal academic content standards and related assessments. Senators Pat Roberts, R- Kan., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., also signed the April 4 letter to Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, requesting language in the Fiscal Year 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill to limit federal interference in education standards.
A copy of the letter can be found here.