So now the President is offering federal money as a way to get support for his policies. How can this be legal much less Constitutional? See the article below from the AP:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – President Barack Obama challenged states Wednesday to get their education policies in line with his administration’s priorities if they want a chance at $5 billion in grants.
“If you’re willing to hold yourselves more accountable, if you develop a strong plan to improve the quality of education in your state, we’ll offer you a grant to help make that plan a reality,” Obama said while speaking at a Wisconsin middle school.
Marking one year since his victory in the presidential election, Obama said his administration’s first obligation was bringing the U.S. economy back from the brink of collapse. But long-term economic success, he said, can only be achieved by making investments in education.
“There is nothing that will determine the quality of our future as a nation or the lives our children more than the kind of education we provide them,” he said.
Obama came to Wisconsin a day before state lawmakers planned to vote to lift a ban on using student test scores to judge teacher performance. The Obama administration has said that such restrictions would hurt a state’s chances of getting part of the $5 billion competitive grant fund, dubbed “Race to the Top.”
Obama called on all states to follow the example set by Wisconsin and nine other states that have taken steps to rewrite education laws and cut deals with unions that oppose some of those changes.
The $5 billion grants are the most money a president has ever had for overhauling schools. Only Education Secretary Arne Duncan – not Congress – has control over how its doled out. And only some states, perhaps 10 to 20, will actually get the money.
The administration can’t really tell states and schools what to do, since education has been largely a state and local responsibility throughout the history of the U.S. But the $5 billion grant fund, which was set aside in the economic stimulus law, gives Obama considerable leverage.
Obama sees the test score data and charter schools, which are publicly funded but independent of local school boards, as solutions to the problems that plague public education.
The national teachers unions disagree. They say student achievement is much more than a score on a standardized test and that it’s a mistake to rely so heavily on charter schools.
Now in a continuation of the nationwide government takeover the administration wants bigger piece of the action on education. Knowing that states across the country are struggling to balance budgets a well timed bribe might just be the ticket for the federal government to get a foothold in some states.
Healthcare Reform, government bailouts, free speech, the takeover the banks, the auto companies and Cap & Trade, where does it end! How will we pay for it all? Are we headed for financial collapse? The “fundamental transformation of America” is underway. Our freedom is under attack. Are you going to fight back?
We must fight back and stand up for our rights. Liberty and freedom are ours to lose if we don’t get involved; in the end we will only have ourselves to blame if we do nothing. It is time to contact your elected representatives and tell them: No more spending and No more meddling!
The time is now – Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!
“Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people’s bills.” – Margaret Thatcher
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville