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Letter to Education Officials - Please Do NOT Apply for an NCLB Waiver for Oklahoma

Letter to Education Officials - Please Do NOT Apply for an NCLB Waiver for Oklahoma

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9/8/2011 Assistant State Superintendent of Public EducationKerri White2500 N. Lincoln BoulevardOklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105CC: Oklahoma State Superintendent Dr. Janet BarresiCC: Honorable Governor Mary FallinDear Superintendent White:The Board of Directors of Restore Oklahoma Public Education and Iare writing to request that no effort be made by Oklahoma to obtainan NCLB waiver. After much study
 –
the report of which is attached to thiscommunication
 –
we have elucidated a number of concerns:
 
Numerous sources indicate the NCLB waiver being offered bythe Federal Department of Education will force state officialsto agree to criteria not yet stipulated - consensus belief is thatstates will have to embrace an all-or-nothing package of reforms (to include the Common Core State Standards
 –
theimplementation of which we seek to repeal) from theDepartment in exchange for NCLB relief.
 
David Boaz of the CATO Institute says waivers such as thosefor NCLB give bureaucracies more power and legislative-likeauthority
 –
 
a clear violation of the rule of law and the nation’s
system of government.
 
Grover Whitehurst of the Brookings Institute writes that NCLBwaivers increase presidential control over education, damagesseparation of powers and further reduces parents control over
their children’s education.
 
 
Much concern has come to bear on the legality of Secretary
Duncan’s ability to move around Congress and issue waivers
for NCLB
 –
the Center on Education Policy indicates that this
issue will “
 
 
 A  Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll taken last year found that of  1008 people surveyed, the vast majority believe stategovernment is the responsible party for public education in theUS and that less than one in four Americans believe NCLB hashelped their local schools.
 
esore OklahomPublic Education 
P.O. Box 20146Oklahoma City, OK 73156President:Jenni WhiteBoard Members:Lynn HabluetzelDanna ForemanJo JoyceStacy WillisJulia Seay
www.RestoreOkPublicEducation.com

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