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Obama Sidesteps Congress In Education Decision

September 26, 2011 by  

Obama Sidesteps Congress In Education Decision

President Barack Obama announced Friday that States could apply for waivers on the provision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that requires school proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

“In its implementation, No Child Left Behind had some serious flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping,” Obama said. “If states want more flexibility, they’re going to need to set higher standards.”

According to Obama’s plan, for the States to receive a waiver, they must adopt education policy changes the Administration deems necessary. Many Republicans believe Obama is becoming too involved in education regulation, overstepping the rights of the Federal government to set certain mandates on State curricula.

According to The Hill, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said he is very disappointed in the President’s sidestepping Congress to make decisions about school mandates.

“President Obama’s efforts represent a fundamental and dramatic shift in authority from Congress to the administration,” he said. “This action today clearly politicizes education policy, which traditionally has been a bipartisan issue that attracts support from both parties. It is the responsibility of Congress to develop policy, and the president’s proposal is an attempt to affect change outside the legislative process.”

Obama’s waivers will prevent schools failing by NCLB standards from facing significant penalties, including staff firings, principal replacements, school closings or charter replacements.



Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    Now here’s what America needs. A prez who can’t handle a teleprompter, may or may not have attended a certain university in Taxachusetts, may or may not have had any students in his classes at that school, probably channels J M Keynes for economic advice and now wants to get involved in public education. It almost has the electric excitement of inviting an Alfred E Neuman to a Mensa convention.
    I really don’t mean to sound like a complete pessimist. Will schools now hand out Mao’s little red books to motivate young minds? Will America have teenagers who can vote? Will kids get cash bonuses for finishing high school? Will kids be told that they have to choose between Plan A and Plan B? Plan A, by the way, gets you a high school diploma, and Plan B makes you a dependent of the government.
    Yep, it pays to have a living success story intervene in education. I’m sure his long list of successes in economics and appointed czars will translate into immediate strides in the classrooms across America. Yowza.

    • DanB

      “Will schools now hand out Mao’s little red books to motivate young minds?”

      I believe they are giving it a new name and then yes. Would not be surprised if it is already in classrooms under its repackaged identity.

      “Will America have teenagers who can vote?”

      Um, if not voting, then turning in their parents for failure to comply with government approved thoughts. AttackWatch?

      “Will kids get cash bonuses for finishing high school? Will kids be told that they have to choose between Plan A and Plan B? Plan A, by the way, gets you a high school diploma, and Plan B makes you a dependent of the government.”

      No need to choose between Plan A and Plan B, government will encourage both, thus creating the educated and dependent. Why have two separate groups when you can roll it all into one? Never mind that the government does not want you to know that there is Plan C, D, E, and F as well. C = independent thought. D = industrious. E = morality. F = personal responsibility. And the list could go on. Of course these other plans are not acceptable because they lead us away from government dependence.

    • wandamurline

      The federal government needs to get OUT of the education of our children…they have no constitutional authority to be in it from the get go. The states should be responsible for education, and they should be able to keep the taxes they collect for education in the state and not be sending it to the feds. We need a smaller federal government and I believe that We The People will continue to work toward that goal.

      • HereMoosie

        Truthfully, even the states do not have the right to meddle in education. That is a right reserved to the people and should be 100% local in control, funding, etc. That is how is used to be. Remember, an area only had a school when there were enough people living there and they got together and built a schoolhouse and THEY hired a teacher to teach their children. All responsibility was with the local people.

        • Monte

          You have voiced my opinon in its entirety. There’s an interesting study at Modern Age showing that it is the Federal Government that not only destroyed education, but also families and communities all at the same time. None of the problems existed before the Federal Government’s much needed ‘fixing’, at a cost of who knows what.

        • Monte

          Here is a link to the study:

    • Brian

      Now wants to get involved?? Have you been sleeping during the past three decades the feds have been sticking their nose in public education? Did you complain about Bush getting involved in public education when he signed NCLB into law? Doubt it.

      • s c

        B, how did you get to be so mean-spirited and vindictive? Obviously, you don’t understand what I said. First, you weren’t around back in ’57 when the MIC went crazy and decided it was time to invade education. Second, “now” refers to the first-rate LOSER in the W H {Obummer). You must have had a tough time in school, and reading was probably your worst subject.
        Third, if anyone been sleeping for the last 30 years (that’s what three decades mens, in case you’re not sure), it’s YOU, sonny. Fourth, as a matter of fact, I did complain. By the way, brat, have you ever been behind a teacher’s desk? I mean have you ever been a teacher? I thought not.
        Is it obvious yet that you should have stayed in bed and not turned on the computer? Here’s your bonus question – which party has been destroying education for MANY years by pretending to give a damn about it and throwing more money at it? Who’s in bed with teacher unions and doesn’t give one, single damn about what happens to education?
        Your false ‘god’ in the W H must have to ‘signal’ to you in advance when he makes a turn, or he’ll break off your nose (hint, hint).
        Like icon, like robot follower, and that’s YOU, oh uninformed and sadly uneducated one.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Yup, especially since we have a president that doesn’t know the difference between inter-continental and trans-continental!! He was applauding Lincoln for constructing the inter-continental railroad which would mean it went from continent to continent, instead of across one continent!! Same comments made about the intercontinental highway system, as well!! Dam, those must be some LOOONNNG bridges!!!

  • home boy

    so why is it that every time obama gets involve in something congress barks but has no bite, sounds like he is becoming more of a dictator than people thought could happen. so why have a congress?

    • eddie47d

      Because Congress has become too incompetent to act on it’s own. It’s been in a freeze frame for too many years and nothing is getting done. Maybe it’s time you all have that little chat with your Representatives and get them motivated. In other words tell them to start earning their pay.

      • Greg T

        It is the 2 party system that George Washington warned us about. They serve themselves first.

        That is why the elite and establishment Republicans despise the Tea Party and the Libertarian Party and the Green Party, etc.

        We need to stop believing that it is better to have a moderate Republican in office than a Democrat. Both give the same results. The left realized that when they started attacking moderate Democrats. The left got their agenda in pretty good with Obama.

      • daniel

        You are such a nice guy. I have written to my reps. and even proven a point to their face at a teachers meeting they were attending. The problem, it was Harry Reid. The other problem is he has his agenda. The attitude is don’t bother me with facts just repeat the rhetoric I give you.
        Education should be kept answerable to the most local level possible. You get the Fed involved and there is more money and effort wasted. Changes can be made faster when the policies are done at a local level instead of asking DC for some of our money back. That is very inefficient.
        I am surprised by the lack of concern that was shown by our reps. when Obama sidestepped everybody. There is a hint of dictatorship there. Of course they are more efficient.

  • CP

    DanB, apparently you aren’t aware that under NCLB, there is only plan NCLB, no A, no B, no C, etc. When you are MANDATED to raise all children, ability aside, to the same level in the same length of time, then the child who should be allowed to excel will be held back, while the child who needs a bit of extra help just to do the basics gets only what is needed to pass the test, nothing more. It used to be teachers were allowed, in fact, encouraged, to teach critical thinking skills, but now they are REQUIRED to teach the test, nothing more and nothing less. Spend some time teaching before you complain laws should be followed to the letter and NOT changed by a president who happens to see what is happening to our schools.

    • Ellen

      CP, Obama does not see or care about what has happened to our schools. Obama has over-ridden Congress again because he is power hungry. His actions are those of a dictator. Why have our schools not been able to improve literacy in the pat 9 years? Because nearly 1/2 of all new students who began school in the past 9 years live in poverty. Our schools don’t need more excuses for delaying meeting NCLB, since they’re just getting worse each year not better. Our local school system has had their scores drop by 50% per year for the past 3 years. They even hired a firm from Britain that guaranteed improvement. In the 2 years that firm has been there, the scores had the 50% drops. Why? Because all of the kids live in poverty and no one at home cares if they succeed or fail. So, they fail. The firm and the teachers may be working diligently to educate these kids but, if the kids don’t care (and they don’t) the adults can’t do anything to change that.

  • Patriot II

    Bush’s and Congress’s No Child Left behind is Socialism. In this regard he lost all of my Respect. As a Libertarian Conservative Capitalist. (LCC) which is what I tend to be, I believe the Feds HAVE NO BUSINESS in educating our children, except maybe to oversee an organization comprized of the States to come up with standards.

    Michelle Rhee for President!

  • eddie47d

    Since No Child Left Behind was deemed a failure and is still enforce then changes are indeed in order. Obama wants higher standards in education but that would make the Republican plan(NCLB) look bad for them (which it is).Oh those sinister choices we have to make in life; Obama’s improvements in education or the Bush’s plan which is a failure. How about sitting on our hands and doing nothing? There again, I forgot we have been doing that!

    • Opal the Gem

      If Bush’s plan is such a failure why doesn’t obama offer up a completely new plan that totaly eliminates the old one and substitutes his?

      • eddie47d

        With limited budgets we sometimes have to work with what we got. If your roof leaks you fix it .You don’t tear down the whole house to fix the leak.

      • Matt Newell

        Maybe it is because he hasn’t got a single idea of what to do. I can almost guarantee that Obama will have a panel come up with what will be done (you can be sure that panel will be totally Socialist and/or Marxist) and that they will toe the Communist line.

  • Elevenarrows

    I think parents are the only ones who can change the rules of the game. Until parents kick and scream for their states to take back education, nothing will change. States have become too dependent on those handouts from the federal gov’t. Don’t they realize the money comes from taxpayers in the first place?!

    Our family opted out of the propaganda years ago. We have home- educated all our children from day one. Yes, my husband has had to work harder than most to provide for our very large family with one income. No, we don’t get to take expensive trips or buy jewelry. No, we don’t keep the fast food industry in business. I have not been free to “find myself” at the expense of my children. I’ve had to run the farm, manage our two businesses, manage the house and educate the children. However, we have gained so much in return for the sacrifices we both have made. Our children have gone on to run their own businesses as early as age 16 and they each are well-informed, thinking individuals. I’ve had years to teach them all about the founding documents of our country. They know propaganda when they see it. They recognize when our leaders violate the Constitution and they take that knowledge into the voting booths. We are a force to be reckoned with and many more families could be, too, but it will take parents willing to put aside their own dreams to instill TRUTH in the hearts and minds of their children. Someone is influencing your children— wouldn’t it be awesome if it were YOU?!

    • Monte

      You give me hope and inspiration!

    • eddie47d

      It’s hard to argue with Elevenarrows. Even if I don’t always agree with her she gets an A for common sense.

    • Matt Newell

      Don’t forget that much of the problems has been caused by the courts. I have seen courts make decisions that are totally wrong for that school system, but so what — the people are paying for the systems so “they can do as we tell them”.

  • JimO

    First ObamaCare and now this? Obama has a “Waivers” book bigger than the Oxford English Dictionary! The complete, unabridged 20 volume set of the OED.

  • Patriot II

    Did anyone notice the LIES on the Blackboard! 2+2=4, is not really true unless you “feel that it is”, or collectivly as a village you all can agree that it is!

    • 45caliber


  • http://n/a John Beach

    The interesting thing about liberal thought is that there is discipline without discipline. It is true, but it is similar to justice delayed is justice denied. After the problem has become so dire, the discipline needed to correct it is tyrannical and no representation will be possible. Who wins?

    • Patriot II

      I agree with you John, I refer to it business as “Crisis Mangagement”
      Instead of being proactive they are Reactive. Often times when people are proactive they are called pesimists, in reality they are anticipating what might go wrong in order to prevent it from going wrong. I can see where most Democarats and Liberals are more Reactive because they don’t want to be labeled as a Pesimist. We can also refer to this as “Burrying you Head in the Sand”. A realist does not have his head in the sand or up his A_ _ either.

  • Brian

    Good! I’ll give Obama credit for this one all day long. Not only is NCLB unconstitutional it is a dismal failure. If we are going to complain about Obama not enforcing unconstitutional laws then are we really serious about the Constitution? Granted, he doesn’t have the best record in that department, but when he gets one right let’s acknowledge that fact.

    • 45caliber

      Then you are saying that NCLB shouldn’t be requiring math and science? Or what? One thing I do think was done right was to require ALL states to have the children take the same tests to determine their standing. Too many states like Califlora insisted they had the best schools in the world – until they tested against everyone else and found they failed.

  • stRanger

    What a reeking crock of boiling dung all this “concern” by Congress is. Chairman ObaMao has again seized more power and taken it away from Congress and We the People.

    And what has Congress done to stop it?



    I’ve stopped listening to Comrades Boehner, McConnel and Issa. There is a long list of violations of his Oath and outright criminal acts by ObaMoa and the only thing Issa does is issue meaningless press releases calling for an investigation.

    Really? An investigation? Gee, they might actually get around to standing in ObaMao’s way right about the beginning of his fourth term as Chairman of the American Communist Party and Premier of the American Socialist Republics.

    Congress is a laughing stock.To be any more obvious about deliberately allowing ObaMao his own way they’d have to fly the Hammer and Sickle from the Capitol Building roof along with the Gay Pride and Chinese flags.

    Issa and Boehner’s press releases are merely tales told by idiots full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

  • Daylo

    Where’s congress?

    • Patriot II


      Congress is where they have always been. Demonized by the Liberal Media in order to make the “Sheople” think that they are the culprits and not the finger pointing admiinstration and the Ly Spinning Democrats. Why else do you think their Poll numbers are so low?

  • 45caliber

    In other words, if you do a good job teaching homosexuality and other government mandated programs, it doesn’t matter if you teach the kids math and science or not.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Aww they don’t need no science or math!!! Besides if they learn to read, they might read the constitution and see that the government is SCREWING them ROYALLY!!!

  • Antonio

    The main and most important reason that the government wants to run(control) the schools is to brainwash the people. They falsify history, teach democracy and homosexuality. They pass students even though they failed, why? Because they like a stupid people.
    “What time you be having”? — a high school graduate
    “I be from da valley”. — a high school graduate
    “What kind of car you be driving”? — a high school graduate
    “Canada is the 51th state”. — a high school graduate
    A stupid uneducated people are easy to manipulate and control.

  • SmartAlice

    Obama side stepping Congress, no precedent in that action is there? (Libya) Our “Law Makers” sit up on Capitol Hill and just let this atrocious action affect we the people. It has been my experience that government, whether local, state or federal is not in the business of helping people. They are in the profit business and it has been hurting the public school system for 50 years, each year getting progressively worse. Home education will be the only place your children get good and correct information, unfortunately many parents are unable to home educate or are unwilling to home educate and our children pay the price.

  • 4-just_us

    I agree with most said that our government is becoming a 600 pound gorilla with a bad attitude. Our dictator government needs to get out of the peoples business and stick to what the constitution gave them . They have no business in education, welfare,free market,bailouts,stimulus es ,handouts,prohibitions of drugs and prostitution,drinking raw milk,baseball problems,bribing the states with money and roads, abusing the commerce law,seat belt laws,minimum wages,subsidizing and controlling farmers,private businesses,stop the war machine and foreign aide,abortion,planned parenthood,nation building,gay marriage,just to mention a few. I’m voting for Ron Paul.


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