Senate acts to protect authority of states to manage their own schools


The Senate voted on March 9 to rescind a Department of Education regulation that directly contradicted a bipartisan education bill Congress passed in 2015, which put control back in the hands of states and parents.

The Department of Education rule would allow the federal government to mandate, direct and control state and local school accountability systems. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the rule clearly violated prohibitions placed on the Department of Education under the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act.

“Last Congress, members from both sides of the aisle came together to pass a new education law that overhauled No Child Left Behind and brought control of our children’s education back where it belonged, with states and parents,” Enzi said. “But this regulation from the Department of Education flies in the face of those changes, clearly violating the law. I am glad that Congress took action to stop this regulation in its tracks, because it is states, not the federal government, that should be in charge of school accountability.”

The House already passed the resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act and it now heads to the president to be signed into law.


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