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house Bill H. Joint Res. 57

Does a Dept. of Education Regulation On State Accountability Plans Need to be Blocked?

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The Obama administration’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act constrained states’ flexibility in developing their own accountability systems and violates the intent of the ESSA. The regulation should be blocked so that states can have the freedom that bipartisan majorities in Congress wanted them to have.

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[FOLKS, THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE MUST NEVER TOLERATE! THIS IS ONE OF THEM!! THIS IS THE RESULT OF CULTURAL MARXISM!] Indoctrination in American Schools: How bad is it? • We were warned over 175 years ago that education could become a tool of indoctrination. Now it is undeniably being used as such. By Devin Foley, August 10, 2017 (The above image is that of a jacket worn by a teacher in a West Virginia public school.) The father of America's public education system, Horace Mann, famously quipped: "Men are cast-iron, but children are wax." Mann knew that education was never a "value-neutral" proposition. It has always been and always will be a process that shapes not only a child's abilities, but more importantly, the child's worldview based upon the values of the educator. It was for this reason that many Americans pushed back, though unsuccessfully, against the kind of public, compulsory education Mann was championing in the early- and mid-1800s. http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/6-problematic-quotes-founder-americas-education-system In 1840 a special legislative committee in Massachusetts had serious reservations about increasing government control over education. Regarding the wax-like nature of children, here's what the committee's final report had to say: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/serious-concerns-about-americas-education-system-1840 "The right to mold the political, moral, and religious opinions of ... children is a right exclusively and jealously reserved by our laws to every parent; and for the government to attempt, directly or indirectly, as to these matters, to stand in the parent's place, is an undertaking of very questionable policy. Such an attempt cannot fail to excite a feeling of jealousy, with respect to our public schools, the results of which could not but be disastrous." Without a doubt, the kinds of activities currently taking place in Edina, Minnesota, one of the state's most celebrated districts, mirror that 175-year-old warning. What teachers are doing and administrators are condoning is very much an attempt to mold the "political, moral, and religious opinions" of children -- starting in kindergarten. Below are a few of the articles Intellectual Takeout published recently on the topic: Communist Clubs Are Sprouting Up in U.S. High Schools Again http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/communist-clubs-are-sprouting-us-high-schools-again Wealthy Minnesota School District Treating Its Students Like Racists http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/wealthy-minnesota-school-district-treating-its-students-racists Elementary Students Being Indoctrinated in Minnesota's Top School District http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/elementary-students-being-indoctrinated-minnesotas-top-school-district Teachers Are Abandoning Political Neutrality in Schools http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/teachers-are-abandoning-political-neutrality-schools Not All Parents Want Their Children to be Social Justice Warriors http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/not-all-parents-want-their-children-be-social-justice-warriors Sadly, Edina isn't alone. Across the country many schools are seeing similar activities taking place in the classroom. While some parents and taxpayers may approve or even seek out such ideologically driven education, it's highly doubtful that all parents and taxpayers want it for their local schools. Further, imagine being a student with views that run contrary to those of your teacher. How hostile of a learning environment could it become? Last November, Quinn Northup was a senior at Edina High School and a known Trump supporter when her world went a little crazy the day after the election. http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/teachers-are-abandoning-political-neutrality-schools "Teachers and students were openly weeping, some uncontrollably. There was hugging. People were offering words of comfort and support to one another. 'It's going to be okay...' 'Don't worry...' 'We will make it through this together...' Northup, now a freshman at Pepperdine University, said it was perhaps the most morbid scene she'd witnessed in her young life. 'It felt like someone had died or something,' she says." It got worse as the day went on. Quinn found herself taunted and verbally assaulted both in school and on social media. It was too much for her. "'I had to have my mom come pick me up after third hour that day,' she said. 'I couldn't stand to walk around a school filled with both teachers and students crying and looking to me through their tears with hurtful eyes.'" I don't blame her for ditching school. Is that really the kind of politically charged environment you would want to be in as a student? How much learning can happen when you're harassed by students and even some teachers, made to feel deplorable for your views? Quinn Northup is hardly alone in her experiences in such an intolerant, hostile school environment. Across the country many students are also finding themselves taunted, threatened, and ostracized if they do not line up with the social justice ideology. It is truly shameful. We were warned over 175 years ago that education could become a tool of indoctrination. Now it is undeniably being used as such. The question is what will we do about it? Devin is the co-founder and president of Intellectual Takeout. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota, where he was responsible for meeting a $1 million annual budget. He has been a commentator on a variety of TV and radio stations, and was named a 2011 Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. E-mail Devin: devin.foley@intellectualtakeout.org http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/indoctrination-american-schools-how-bad-it
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Education is a state problem, not the business of the Federal Government. The Federal Department of Ed needs to wrap up their interference with state education and close its door, freeing up $$Billions$$. But if we must have a Federal policy, let Congress establish minimal guidelines and then turn over implementation to the individual states. Why must the children fail to learning so the Feds can continue trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Let's drag all children down to meet a social justice norm of ignorance.
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02/06/2017
Tenth amendment. This was blatant federal overreach into an issue left to the states. Education is not the purview of the federal government. Of course this should be overturned.
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Argument opposed

The Obama administration’s regulation provided states with strong guidance as to what factors should be included in their state accountability plan. States still have flexibility in determining what goes into their accountability plan as long as it includes indicators that the ESSA and Department of Education say are necessary.

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02/06/2017
When there are this many US adults believing that the only factual sources of information are Trump's Tweets, Fox News, and the Bible, it suggests that quite a lot of schools in this country haven't been cutting the mustard and teaching children how to think. When we're willing to elect a President with no governing experience, no public service background, who lacks understanding of the American democratic system, and whose speeches and answers sound like presentations from 5th graders who didn't do their assignments, but who's rich and starred in a reality TV show, it seems like a lot of American students missed out on several important things. When it seems that half of society did not learn the lessons of history, it appears that schools across the nation have fallen through the cracks. When we stand for politicians who claim scientific facts are lies, and when having an education is seen as a negative, something has gone wrong. Having some minimum expectations is critical, and does not exclude states from having additional input.
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02/07/2017
You guys already screwed our kids over once today, let's not get crazy here.
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02/06/2017
Especially when it comes to Special Education, states need guidance and accountability to make sure they are meeting the minimum requirements of the federal law.
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joint resolution Progress


  • EnactedMarch 27th, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 9th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 50 Yea / 49 Nay
  • The house Passed February 7th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 234 Yea / 190 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedFebruary 1st, 2017

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What is House Bill H. Joint Res. 57?

This resolution would overturn a regulation issued by the Dept. of Education that placed additional federal restrictions on systems developed by states to hold schools accountable to parents and taxpayers for their performance. The rule was finalized during the final days of the Obama administration.

The Dept. of Education’s regulation was produced to implement portions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan majorities in December 2015. Critics of the regulation argue that the Dept. of Education exceeded its authority under the ESSA, which sought to empower states, because of content it required to be included in state accountability plans.

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is able to overturn regulations finalized within the last 60 legislative days with simple majority votes in both chambers. It would need to be signed into law by the president to take effect, and would also prohibit the agency that produced the regulation from issuing a similar rule without being directed to do so by Congress.

Impact

Students and their parents; schools and school boards; states; and the Dept. of Education.

Cost of House Bill H. Joint Res. 57

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced this resolution to overturn the Dept. of Education’s regulation, which he sees as dictating accountability requirements to states and “violates prohibitions on the Secretary of Education’s authority” under the Every Student Succeeds Act:

“Last Congress, Republicans and Democrats worked in a bipartisan way to advance reforms that will help all children receive the education they deserve. However, the Obama Department of Education worked in a very partisan manner to implement those reforms. We are committed to holding both the former and current administrations accountable  to students, parents, and local leaders, and this resolution is one way we can do just that. It puts a stop to an overreaching rule that diminishes the authority of state and local education leaders — something Congress expressly prohibited with the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

Proponents of the Dept. of Education’s regulation have said that overturning the regulation “will only leave states and districts further confused about how to comply with the law’s safeguards” and that “chaos” could ensue.

This legislation has the support of three Republican cosponsors in the House.


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(Photo Credit: U.S. Navy / Public Domain)

Official Title

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

    [FOLKS, THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE MUST NEVER TOLERATE! THIS IS ONE OF THEM!! THIS IS THE RESULT OF CULTURAL MARXISM!] Indoctrination in American Schools: How bad is it? • We were warned over 175 years ago that education could become a tool of indoctrination. Now it is undeniably being used as such. By Devin Foley, August 10, 2017 (The above image is that of a jacket worn by a teacher in a West Virginia public school.) The father of America's public education system, Horace Mann, famously quipped: "Men are cast-iron, but children are wax." Mann knew that education was never a "value-neutral" proposition. It has always been and always will be a process that shapes not only a child's abilities, but more importantly, the child's worldview based upon the values of the educator. It was for this reason that many Americans pushed back, though unsuccessfully, against the kind of public, compulsory education Mann was championing in the early- and mid-1800s. http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/6-problematic-quotes-founder-americas-education-system In 1840 a special legislative committee in Massachusetts had serious reservations about increasing government control over education. Regarding the wax-like nature of children, here's what the committee's final report had to say: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/serious-concerns-about-americas-education-system-1840 "The right to mold the political, moral, and religious opinions of ... children is a right exclusively and jealously reserved by our laws to every parent; and for the government to attempt, directly or indirectly, as to these matters, to stand in the parent's place, is an undertaking of very questionable policy. Such an attempt cannot fail to excite a feeling of jealousy, with respect to our public schools, the results of which could not but be disastrous." Without a doubt, the kinds of activities currently taking place in Edina, Minnesota, one of the state's most celebrated districts, mirror that 175-year-old warning. What teachers are doing and administrators are condoning is very much an attempt to mold the "political, moral, and religious opinions" of children -- starting in kindergarten. Below are a few of the articles Intellectual Takeout published recently on the topic: Communist Clubs Are Sprouting Up in U.S. High Schools Again http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/communist-clubs-are-sprouting-us-high-schools-again Wealthy Minnesota School District Treating Its Students Like Racists http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/wealthy-minnesota-school-district-treating-its-students-racists Elementary Students Being Indoctrinated in Minnesota's Top School District http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/elementary-students-being-indoctrinated-minnesotas-top-school-district Teachers Are Abandoning Political Neutrality in Schools http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/teachers-are-abandoning-political-neutrality-schools Not All Parents Want Their Children to be Social Justice Warriors http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/not-all-parents-want-their-children-be-social-justice-warriors Sadly, Edina isn't alone. Across the country many schools are seeing similar activities taking place in the classroom. While some parents and taxpayers may approve or even seek out such ideologically driven education, it's highly doubtful that all parents and taxpayers want it for their local schools. Further, imagine being a student with views that run contrary to those of your teacher. How hostile of a learning environment could it become? Last November, Quinn Northup was a senior at Edina High School and a known Trump supporter when her world went a little crazy the day after the election. http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/teachers-are-abandoning-political-neutrality-schools "Teachers and students were openly weeping, some uncontrollably. There was hugging. People were offering words of comfort and support to one another. 'It's going to be okay...' 'Don't worry...' 'We will make it through this together...' Northup, now a freshman at Pepperdine University, said it was perhaps the most morbid scene she'd witnessed in her young life. 'It felt like someone had died or something,' she says." It got worse as the day went on. Quinn found herself taunted and verbally assaulted both in school and on social media. It was too much for her. "'I had to have my mom come pick me up after third hour that day,' she said. 'I couldn't stand to walk around a school filled with both teachers and students crying and looking to me through their tears with hurtful eyes.'" I don't blame her for ditching school. Is that really the kind of politically charged environment you would want to be in as a student? How much learning can happen when you're harassed by students and even some teachers, made to feel deplorable for your views? Quinn Northup is hardly alone in her experiences in such an intolerant, hostile school environment. Across the country many students are also finding themselves taunted, threatened, and ostracized if they do not line up with the social justice ideology. It is truly shameful. We were warned over 175 years ago that education could become a tool of indoctrination. Now it is undeniably being used as such. The question is what will we do about it? Devin is the co-founder and president of Intellectual Takeout. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota, where he was responsible for meeting a $1 million annual budget. He has been a commentator on a variety of TV and radio stations, and was named a 2011 Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. E-mail Devin: devin.foley@intellectualtakeout.org http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/indoctrination-american-schools-how-bad-it
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    When there are this many US adults believing that the only factual sources of information are Trump's Tweets, Fox News, and the Bible, it suggests that quite a lot of schools in this country haven't been cutting the mustard and teaching children how to think. When we're willing to elect a President with no governing experience, no public service background, who lacks understanding of the American democratic system, and whose speeches and answers sound like presentations from 5th graders who didn't do their assignments, but who's rich and starred in a reality TV show, it seems like a lot of American students missed out on several important things. When it seems that half of society did not learn the lessons of history, it appears that schools across the nation have fallen through the cracks. When we stand for politicians who claim scientific facts are lies, and when having an education is seen as a negative, something has gone wrong. Having some minimum expectations is critical, and does not exclude states from having additional input.
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    You guys already screwed our kids over once today, let's not get crazy here.
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    Especially when it comes to Special Education, states need guidance and accountability to make sure they are meeting the minimum requirements of the federal law.
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    NO! When we have people touting bible verses as facts over scientific evidence, then we have a serious problem. Having a level playing field with scientifically established guidelines are required.
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    As a former 12 year school board member and state association president I know that this is needed to provide uniformity. My state has not only failed to adequately fund education despite legislation, but has also changed accountability systems much too frequently for stability. We need guidance. I will remember this vote in 2018 and thereafter. The children of Mississippi deserve better from you!
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    This component of ESSA regulations are so important for equity. States wield much of the control over education and also bear the brunt of funding. However the important role the federal government plays in education is through accountability for civil rights and equitable education for students with challenges. This would gut that accountability and hurt already disadvantaged students. I'm a National Board Certified teacher who has advocated on Capitol Hill for issues of equity and professional support for teachers. I taught in a PA public school for 9 years. These laws matter. Do not roll back the state accountability.
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    Federal oversight exists - one rule at a time - because states did not do the right things by students when left to their own devices.
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    Let's ask ourselves a question - why does the GOP so desperately want to decimate proper, equitable, public education? If you don't have the critical thinking skills to ask this question, it's in their best interest.
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    When there are this many US adults believing that the only factual sources of information are Trump's Tweets, Fox News, and the Bible, it suggests that quite a lot of schools in this country haven't been cutting the mustard and teaching children how to think. When we're willing to elect a President with no governing experience, no public service background, who lacks understanding of the American democratic system, and whose speeches and answers sound like presentations from 5th graders who didn't do their assignments, but who's rich and starred in a reality TV show, it seems like a lot of American students missed out on several important things. When it seems that half of society did not learn the lessons of history, it appears that schools across the nation have fallen through the cracks. When we stand for politicians who claim scientific facts are lies, and when having an education is seen as a negative, something has gone wrong. Having some minimum expectations is critical, and does not exclude states from having additional input.
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    Education is a state problem, not the business of the Federal Government. The Federal Department of Ed needs to wrap up their interference with state education and close its door, freeing up $$Billions$$. But if we must have a Federal policy, let Congress establish minimal guidelines and then turn over implementation to the individual states. Why must the children fail to learning so the Feds can continue trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Let's drag all children down to meet a social justice norm of ignorance.
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    We currently have people who think the Bible is fact and law of the land, that creationism is truth and all else is wrong. That's horrifying. If we block this, we won't be able to have control over what is taught and what isn't, leaving states like Texas free to fill their curriculum with religious lies and propaganda. DeVos is already the Secretary of Education, our schools don't need another hit
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    I can't believe I have to fight for quality public education for the kids of this nation. This is mind blowing and shameful.
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    Tenth amendment. This was blatant federal overreach into an issue left to the states. Education is not the purview of the federal government. Of course this should be overturned.
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    You already made a giant mistake by letting Devos in. Please stop destroying our educational system. It's just embarrassing at this point.
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    Need accountability now more than ever, especially since the head of the dept knows nothing about education, federal regulations and any measures of growth.
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    Republicans' greatest fear seems to be accountability. For good reason.
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    This rule provides states with strong guidance as to what factors should be included in their state accountability plan. States still have flexibility in determining what goes into their accountability plan as long as it includes indicators that the ESSA and Department of Education say are necessary. All schools should be held to the same accountability regardless of where in the country they are.
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    Uniformity is needed for our future. Get religious zealots out of our schools and let's move forward to be the best in the world.
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    Necessary now due to confirmation of DeVos
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