Skip to comments.House Republicans plot repeal of Obama education regulations
Posted on 02/20/2012 4:14:45 PM PST by Libloather
House Republicans plot repeal of Obama education regulations
By Pete Kasperowicz - 02/20/12 05:00 AM ET
House Republicans are looking to move legislation as early as next week that would repeal two Education Department regulations that the GOP say intrude on the authority of states to set education policy.
The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education act, H.R. 2117, was placed on the Rules Committee agenda late last week, a signal that the committee will soon meet to write a rule for floor consideration of the bill.
The legislation would reverse two Education Department rules from 2010, one of which sets out federal rules for how states decide whether to allow colleges and universities to operate within the state. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the sponsor of the bill, said this could pose a problem for online schools, for example by forcing them to win authorization from every state that has an enrolled, online student.
A second regulation sets a federal definition for "credit hour." Foxx argues that this definition is based on how many hours a student is in class, but ignores other ways students might be learning.
In both cases, Foxx argues that the 2010 rules infringe on the authority of states to establish their own guidelines, and could stifle innovations in education.
"At the end of the day, the unnecessary state authorization and credit hour regulations will reduce local control and create uncertainty in postsecondary education," she said in last year's markup of the bill. "Instead of over-regulating the nations higher education system, we should focus our efforts on simplifying federal involvement and streamlining regulatory burdens."
The Rules Committee set an amendment deadline for the bill of Monday, February 27, a sign that the committee could approve a rule soon thereafter, which would be followed by floor consideration.
How about we consult the supreme law of the land?
OK...no authorization in the Constitution for the Federal gubmint to be involved, in ANY way, with education of our children.
Defund the entire Dept of Education. Pitch the whole worthless bureaucracy out on its collective butt.
This overreach we can place with W, zero just ran with it further.
No Child Left Behind was a a bad idea and completely unconstitutional.
Count on it.
Our Congress, to which we the people granted certain legislative powers, has reduced itself to the pitiful condition of petty supplicants to monsters of its own creation.
We never authorized this transfer of power to unelected agencies. Their tens of thousands of rules are illegitimate and unconstitutional.
When the administration started beating the publicity drum in order to try to crush for profit online schools. One of the bureaucratic tactics they tried was the “three hour rule” which would make it near impossible to teach online. I taught at an online school at the time and to see how the administration and his cronies employeed Stalinist tactics to destroy what they considered a threat to their power was quite educational. First they tried to create an artificial crisis by using congressional investigations and toady reporters to push their narrative regarding for profit schools, hoping that enough of the public would buy into their fabricated crisis, so that O and his friends could pass their “solution” through congress. Classic Stalin: create a hysteria, then ride in on a white horse to save the day.
Repeal Buckwheat’s plan via legislation, for what?
Even if it does pass, Buckwheat will veto it anyway.