Schneider: Are Common Core and Common Core Testing Illegal?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Federal law states clearly that no agent of the federal government may seek to influence, direct, or control curriculum or instruction. For many decades, both parties agreed that they did not want the party in power to use federal power to control the schools of the nation. Thus, while it was appropriate for the U.S. Department of Education to use its funding to enforce Supreme Court decisions to desegregate the schools, it was prohibited from seeking to control curriculum and instruction. Both parties recognized that education is a state and local function, and neither trusted the other to impose its ideas on the schools.

That explains why Arne Duncan did not use federal funding to pay for the Common Core, but it does not explain why he used the power of his office to promote the CCSS or why he paid out some $350 million for tests specifically designed to…

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