Study: Common Core Violates Federal Law

Published July 25, 2015

A new research paper by the Pioneer Institute, a free-market think tank based in Massachusetts, says Common Core standards along with two testing consortia responsible for administering tests aligned with the standards are in violation of federal laws. The Pioneer Institute cites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the General Education Provisions Act of 1970, and the Department of Education Organization Act of 1970, which they say forbids federal control over curriculum and instruction. The goal of the research paper is to show why the federal government cannot favor a particular set of curriculum-content standards, according to its own established laws.

Dr. Williamson M. Evers, who wrote the research paper, also points to the strange lack of new legislation or public debates in Congress over to the Department of Education “directing, incentivizing or funding the adoption of national standards or tests.” Evers is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he specializes in research on K-12 education policy.  

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Chris Neal ([email protected]) writes from New York, New York. 

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