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Obama is making law again.  Will he ever stop?  Congress passed a law in 2001 known as the No Child Left Behind Act.  The current President doesn’t like the law, so he cancelled it.

Strictly speaking, a President cannot cancel a law with a wave of his hand or the signing of a document.  But he can sign an executive order decreeing that a given law doesn’t need to be obeyed.  The difference is a mere technicality; the results are the same.  One could also raise the argument that the entire law wasn’t rendered inoperative, only certain provisions.  But invariably when this happens, it is to alter those provisions that were controversial in the first place.  The Founding Fathers gave us a government where controversial matters were not to be decided by one person, but by the House and the Senate where the people are broadly represented.  Of course there is a form of government where the leader does have the power to make, break or change the law.  It is called a dictatorship.

Whether No Child Left Behind is bad law or not is a decision for Congress or the courts to make, not the President.  The establishment of a Rule of Law is an essential requirement for any fair and prosperous nation to succeed.  When laws once enacted by a congressional body are subject to executive change and bureaucratic interpretation you have “flexlaw”.  Flexlaw is not a set of established laws at all; it is a set of whims.  Obama and his Administration are transforming our land from a Republic into a DINO, a Democracy In Name Only.  He must be stopped.


Arne Duncan during Chicago Public Schools.

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No Child Left Behind was designed to improve the quality of education by allocating greater funds to schools that teach than to those that do not.  That statement is not as much of an over characterization of failing schools as one might think.

Giving support to schools that teach successfully enables the better schools to maintain and enhance standards and systems that are working.  Substandard schools are incented to improve.  Pouring more money into schools that are failing to educate their students benefits no one other than the incompetent school administrations.

To know where the money should go you need to know which schools are graduating educated students and which ones are just passing children through the system.  This is not a difficult assignment.  Test the students.


(AP) – State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn’t answered the call.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break.

Set a standard for improvement – then waive it.  Welcome to your government at work.  Secretary Duncan says the waivers will be granted to all 50 states.  No Child Left Behind is a program that was set up by the Bush administration and is now being undermined by the Obama administration.  Remember that the next time you hear a Democrat say the program is not working.