Education reform by fiat

The Obama administration has officially declared No Child Left Behind dead in the water, and — since Congress has not managed to reauthorize and revise the law — has decided to proceed by regulatory fiat.

Just about everybody agrees that the law needs fixing . . . but is bypassing the legislative process an appropriate fix? The same question can be asked of efforts to “fix” the many problems that have emerged with Obamacare.

I have taught government/civics to high school students for a decade, and this is not “how a bill becomes a law.” It makes me nervous. What do you think?

Lots of articles on this topic appeared over the weekend. Here’s a link to one of the more dyspeptic reports, but one that reflects my own concerns with the NCLB waivers.

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