Wednesday, January 31, 2007
PROPOSED FEDERAL LAW
COULD PUT NEBRASKA IN DRIVER'S SEAT
Heads up for the A PLUS Act, a proposal by two Republican senators to let states become "charter states" in terms of how they decide to use federal education aid. Hooray for that: unneeded, unfunded federal mandates and the nationalization of schooling are two scary and expensive problems right now, and this bill would go a long way toward solving them.
Nebraska schools wouldn't HAVE to use Title I money to pay for ridiculously ineffective Reading Recovery remediation, and could direct federal tax dollars where they would do the most for the kids the local yokels know a lot better than the feducrats. Local control would regain a foothold.
Looks like a honey of a deal, if it can sneak through the battery of opposition from the usual suspects: unions, pork-devouring educrats, etc. Hats off to Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and let's hope this one becomes law.
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