Waivermania hits Dept of Education

posted at 11:25 am on August 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration started off its implementation of its signature program, ObamaCare, by issuing a blizzard of waivers as it discovered that compliance with the new law would throw hundreds of thousands of people out of insurance plans.  Instead of fixing the law — or abandoning it altogether — HHS started issuing free passes at its discretion to certain insurers, almost half of which covered union workers.  The waivers stopped when the new House Oversight Committee demanded an explanation of the criteria for waivers and a list of those denied, with explanations for the denials.

But that hasn’t stopped Waivermania in the Obama administration.  Now Education Secretary Arne Duncan has taken a page from Kathleen Sebelius’ rule-of-whim playbook to do an end-around of No Child Left Behind:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

Mr. Duncan told reporters that he was acting because Congress had failed to rewrite the Bush-era law, which he called a “slow-motion train wreck.” He is waiving the law’s proficiency requirements for states that have adopted their own testing and accountability programs and are making other strides toward better schools, he said.

The administration’s plan amounts to the most sweeping use of executive authority to rewrite federal education law since Washington expanded its involvement in education in the 1960s.

In other words, if the law doesn’t suit Obama’s purposes, his administration just plans to ignore it.  That’s especially true for laws that his advisers don’t like, but also for those like ObamaCare that they sponsored.

Note, too, the interesting and opposite approach that this administration takes to public sector entities and private sector entities.  Obama is willing to waive accountability requirements set in law for public schools, which receive federal funding and should be accountable to taxpayers for their performance.  Instead of punishing these schools for their failure to educate our children properly, Obama wants to let them off the hook to continue to fail.  Not only is Obama unwilling to waive regulatory requirements for the private sector, he’s busy expanding those regulations to punish them for their success.

There is one other interesting point to note in this New York Times report on the story:

“I can’t overemphasize how loud the outcry is for us to do something right now,” Mr. Duncan told reporters on Friday in a conference call that he said could not be reported until midnight Sunday.

Huh?  Why couldn’t this be reported before midnight Sunday?  Since when does the Times take editorial orders from the White House on something that doesn’t affect national security (and not often in that sense, either)? Good to know that the Gray Lady helps to enforce that rule of whim.

Remember when the media used to proclaim their purpose as keeping government in check and speaking truth to power?  Good times, good times.

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No child left behind? Nah, lets try no teacher left with Obamacare…

jbh45 on August 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Not totally unexpected in the wake of the teacher cheating scandal in Atlanta. Why hold teachers accountable? Instead just do away with the standards. There problem solved.

Just A Grunt on August 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

No Teachers Union Left Behind

ConservativePartyNow on August 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Anarchy. That’s what the rule of law will become when the final authority rests in a government official looking at you and thinking “shall I be merciful?”

Meric1837 on August 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

This form of education that dates from the 13th century of lots of kids going to a central school to get instruction from instructors is about to hit the 21st century… and it isn’t the 13th that is going to win.

Why we support such an archaic form of education is beyond me.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Mr. Duncan told reporters on Friday in a conference call that he said could not be reported until midnight Sunday.

No child left behind? Well, looks like all the good honest journalists have been left behind…

right2bright on August 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

“The administration’s plan amounts to the most sweeping use of executive authority to rewrite federal education law since Washington expanded its involvement in education in the 1960s.”

The executive has the authority to re-write laws? How?

GalosGann on August 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

CLOWARD-PIVEN in every place they can insert it.

Hey, America……he’s the freaking DOTUS!!

PappyD61 on August 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

This form of education that dates from the 13th century of lots of kids going to a central school to get instruction from instructors is about to hit the 21st century… and it isn’t the 13th that is going to win.

Why we support such an archaic form of education is beyond me.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Horace Mann burns in hell.

fossten on August 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

No Teachers Union Left Behind

ConservativePartyNow on August 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

And pull the rug out from under the private schools – for which there will necessarily be a tuition increase.

Community-organizer-in-chief.

Tim_CA on August 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Why couldn’t this be reported before midnight Sunday?

They knew the markets would tank early Monday morning, in response to the S&P downgrade, and that would be the lead story in all the major outlets. So if they made the media wait until midnight Sunday to report on this little gem, it wouldn’t get much notice in all the noise about the markets.

AZCoyote on August 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Less we forget

http://www.gpb.org/news/2011/07/16/aps-to-178-educators-resign-or-be-fired

A state investigation released this month found that 178 Atlanta educators cheated on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests at nearly half of the district’s 100 schools. The investigation showed the cheating likely went as far back as 2001, affecting tens of thousands of children.

Here is real reason for this move

Wisconsin’s teachers union will not join Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to create a new state accountability system to replace the federal No Child Left Behind after lingering mistrust following his cuts to their collective bargaining rights.

“We simply do not have the necessary trust or confidence,” union president Mary Bell said of Walker and two other Republicans on the panel — Sen. Luther Olsen and Rep. Steve Kestell. “Our decision is based on experience with the governor and these legislative leaders over the last four months.”

William Amos on August 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Trouble with standards? Just get rid of them. The silver lining here is such a significant percentage of people under 40 are so illiterate and/or self involved that an over 50 like me should have no trouble finding work no matter how bad the economy simply because I can string three words together, and have no objection to showing up (on time) for work. Good thing too, since retirement is out of the question.

teacherman on August 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

How do I get a waiver from the IRS?

John Deaux on August 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Laws? We don’t need no stinking laws.

Mason on August 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

This form of education that dates from the 13th century of lots of kids going to a central school to get instruction from instructors is about to hit the 21st century… and it isn’t the 13th that is going to win.

Why we support such an archaic form of education is beyond me.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Yep.

People aren’t numbers.

They each develop and learn at different paces. The Dept. of Education only serves teachers unions. Not American’s students.

Distributed learning is the future. Salman Khan (Khan Academy), Lynda.com, etc… are changing the game.

tetriskid on August 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

No waivers for oil rigs in the Gulf, or Drillers in Texas…

cartooner on August 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Hey, lets all ignore the IRS rules. Barney Frank stated this ignorance of rules, laws and agencies the regime doesn’t agree with the other day. It must be the way the country is going to be run from now on.

Kissmygrits on August 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Horace Mann burns in hell.

fossten on August 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Him and Dewey.

Mostly toasty.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Why do we have a Department of Education?

Knucklehead on August 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Commissions and waivers, that’s all this guy knows. Don’t forget the waivers to favored tiny airports to get the FAA funding passed.

Cindy Munford on August 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

Because there are clearly more important goals for public schools than teaching children math and reading….

I have a suggestion: how about dropping music, sports, ethnic studies, and everything else, and spend 10 hours a day doing nothing but teaching math and reading? Then, maybe your graduates would be able to get an entry-level job without remedial work.

Vashta.Nerada on August 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

This form of education that dates from the 13th century of lots of kids going to a central school to get instruction from instructors is about to hit the 21st century… and it isn’t the 13th that is going to win.
Why we support such an archaic form of education is beyond me.
ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I find myself in agreement. Not only do we have the problem of kids being taught to be hoods by the other students, but the Internet should allow for virtual classrooms, on-line lessons, and a dispersed student body.

Count to 10 on August 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Union or non union, red state or blue, who will be the lucky who?

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

The waivers stopped when the new House Oversight Committee demanded an explanation of the criteria for waivers and a list of those denied, with explanations for the denials.

they got an explanation they did not like, hence no mention of it on hotair.

In other words, if the law doesn’t suit Obama’s purposes, his administration just plans to ignore it.

no, if a law is a massive, costly failure, they’ll try to improve it.

you’re such a hack.

sesquipedalian on August 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM

tetriskid on August 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Nods… the computer started to make a big difference as Jerry and Roberta Pournelle pointed out with their English language teaching software. It was effective, worked wonders for ESL students and was a fantastic way to help people of any age learn English at their own pace.

Schools hated it as it replaced teachers with something more effective.

Mind you that was done on late 1980′s technology.

The old, entrenched system is about to get completely eradicated in 10 years. We have Moore, Metcalfe, Feiler and others to help point this out to us… now they all work together and the way we think of how things can work will change. Our liberty will win out, but the pain to get there? Extreme as the old system dies.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM

I think people are beginning to question whether or not a country of 300 Million+ people can be governed effectively through a representative republic. Some are saying “no, it cannot and we should eliminate the representation” while others are saying “no, it cannot and we need to localize the representation.”

Some would say this story reflects the latter, but it is really the former…

al sends

afterdarknesslight on August 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

The executive has the authority to re-write laws? How?

GalosGann on August 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

The executive does not have the authority to re-write the laws, but the executive does have the authority (and the Constitutional obligation) to enforce the laws. When the executive branch refuses to do its duty (by picking and choosing which sections of the laws it will enforce and which it won’t), it has the same effect as re-writing the laws.

Take the example of immigration. Obama couldn’t get amnesty passed by the legislature through the “Dream Act,” so instead he issues an executive order telling federal prosecutors that they are not to deport illegal aliens in custody if those aliens are under a certain age, have no felony record, etc. (basically, the Dream Act standards). He’s refusing to enforce federal immigration laws he does not agree with, so essentially he’s re-writing those laws.

AZCoyote on August 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

… compliance with the new law would through THROW

FIXER-UPPER

Shy Guy on August 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

NYT Editorial Board and Writers: leading apparatchiks of the new socialist order, supporting communists, progressives, and other failed programs for the intelligentsia for over 100 years. Uncle Joe must be so happy.

skanter on August 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I find myself in agreement. Not only do we have the problem of kids being taught to be hoods by the other students, but the Internet should allow for virtual classrooms, on-line lessons, and a dispersed student body.

Count to 10 on August 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Salman Khan (Khan Academy) has done a lot to popularize this method in the past few years.

It’s catching on… because it works. Students can learn at their own pace and improve with repetition/small goals.

It’s something I think we will see more of in the future.

tetriskid on August 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

This form of education that dates from the 13th century of lots of kids going to a central school to get instruction from instructors is about to hit the 21st century… and it isn’t the 13th that is going to win.

Why we support such an archaic form of education is beyond me.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I mean given the right app what can your ipod/xbox NOT do? Government run education has the effeciency of a low, low grade baby sitting service AND for the sole purpose of insuring regular income for your supposed constituency, the teachers.
And that’s panning out about as well as the potus focus on jobs. Unprecedented…ly.

onomo on August 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Count to 10 on August 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Children need mentors, not teachers.

They need people who can show them how to learn, how to do their own work, how to cross-check what they do and then apply it to any area of learning. This is called self-education and requires a lot of hard work to check sources, check background and check math.

We do so little of that and, instead, see schools as a place to warehouse children. That is a criminal neglect of our own children and not only must end but will end when more effective methods are so cheap that no one can justify brick and mortar schools.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:51 AM

onomo on August 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

It was already starting on Apple II’s and then IBM PC’s back in the old DOS era… if people can self-educate to learn English (and they can) then anything can become self-paced instruction. The greatest instruction is to teach people how to learn ANYTHING and not make them dependent on authority figures. The creation of a self-check and cross-check system on the Internet has already started us down that road via the use of HTML and ‘show your work/sources’ sort of deal. That is informal and likely to stay that way, yet it will drive out bad ideas as the computational power to check ANY system is at hand.

That is Metcalfe built on Moore utilizing Feiler and that is the future of all learning and thought and social movments as they play on mutual strengths and individual liberty. That force cannot be stopped no matter how far we crash as a civilization. It is becoming too ingrained in too many places to stop short of a species ending threat.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Vashta.Nerada on August 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Don’t agree with elimination of music and sports, I did both and they are an integral part of developing a person IMHO. Now a lot of that other crap sure, get rid of. The biggest difference I see today from when I was a wee lad was the acceptance and realization that failure did happen. For the most part my teachers were tough but fair and held to the standards. That has probably been the biggest downfall of Ted Kennedy’s NCLB. Unfortunately, yes some do get left behind. Not everybody makes it in SEAL training either.

Fear of failure can be a great motivator. A lot of people I went to school who failed out or didn’t graduate went on to lead successful lives by pursuing other endeavors. Some went back and made up the education others just made the best use of the talents they had. If you clear the chaff from the wheat you can spend more time and effort on the remaining students.

Just A Grunt on August 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Just think what a lovely precedent they are setting for the next Republican president. Obamacare need not be repealed – it can just be waived. The President’s fist act should be to issue an executive order issuing waivers to all Americans.
Same with the Wall Street bill and Any tax increases planned by The One.
Think the NY Times would be on board with that?

Curmudgeon on August 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I hope it’s OK if I follow the Presidents example and only obey laws I like.

MTF on August 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Mr. Duncan told reporters that he was acting because Congress had failed to rewrite the Bush-era law, which he called a “slow-motion train wreck.”

Because Congress hasn’t changed a law, he’ll do it for them?
How dictatorial democratic.

SouthernRoots on August 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

It is becoming too ingrained in too many places to stop short of a species ending threat.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Woah! And I deleted my, “Who’s needs this government leviathan of education? My kid can learn to be a pimp at home off xbox” because I thought it was too blunt.
You just totally Kubricked out on me!

onomo on August 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM

If we meant to improve education we would pay for success.

Instead we pay for failure and politically correct teaching, and this is a failure. The literacy rate of the US has not changed +/- 2% since when Poor Johnny couldn’t read… and that was with the school systems of the 1950′s. If we can’t do better than THAT with today’s technology and the hundreds of billions poured into the schools, then it is WE who have failed in addressing the problem of education. When money doesn’t solve the problem then perhaps money isn’t the solution.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

No Child Left. Behind.

landlines on August 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Okay, so which state’s AG will be the first to challenge DoE’s abuse of executive authority in court?

Sue. Sue. Sue.

petefrt on August 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

onomo on August 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The reaction we are seeing today from the old structure of learning, politics, and economics will not hold against what is coming.

These older systems are not adapting well and so we must change or abolish them and create ones that will.

Free people with liberty can do that, and that spread is hard and painful, as we see across the world. Those seeking to ‘help’ by maintaining a failing system will not succeed: the change is now too hard, too deep and too unexpected in ways we still can’t fathom for these old systems to survive. Yet we will survive if we cherish freedom and liberty and hold those as our touchstones… any wishing to put authority over that as a touchstone shall fail as they are all failing NOW.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM

In every sector, in every corner of the country we see the failure of the progressive agenda yet the Dems and their media enablers bitterly cling to their failed ideology.

Everything they set out to “improve” they have destroyed instead. They point fingers at everyone but themselves and decry any attempt to right the ship.

This new thing with the waivers is just another way they try to protect their constituents from the inevitable consequences acting stupidly.

Jvette on August 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

The waivers stopped when the new House Oversight Committee demanded an explanation of the criteria for waivers and a list of those denied, with explanations for the denials.

they got an explanation they did not like, hence no mention of it on hotair.

In other words, if the law doesn’t suit Obama’s purposes, his administration just plans to ignore it.

no, if a law is a massive, costly failure, they’ll try to improve it.

you’re such a hack.

sesquipedalian on August 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM

So how many waivers have been denied since then? Who were the companies denied? If they had to grant so many waivers, isn’ that proof that the healthcare law is a “massive, costly failure?” When will they be talking to the House about improving it? For that matter, where is their proposal to “improve” NCLB? Ted Kennedy virtually wrote that Law, part of W’s efforts to be bipartisan in the early days of his administration. Should have known it would be a national failure.

Curmudgeon on August 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Funny how a bill, written by Ted Kennedy and George Miller, is an utter failure. Both are liberals who believed the federal government needed to increase the amount of funding to ensure a better education. If Duncan wants to give out waivers, then the government should stop funding their program. No accountability, no money. Let the state’s deal with it themselves.

djaymick on August 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

NCLB sucked when it past – sucks now… about time something is done to get rid of that albatross around the necks of the students by dumbing down the curriculum and rewarding teaching for the tests.. what a joke.. in fact, the whole Dept. Of Education should go away IMO.

gatorboy on August 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

In other words, if the law doesn’t suit Obama’s purposes, his administration just plans to ignore it.

Unprecedented.

Del Dolemonte on August 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Money’s not the problem. It’s the value our leaders put on virtue. They ask, “How can we make our society better?” We think that means they’re concerned about us as individuals. What they’re really saying is, “How can we worm more money out of our bosses? How can we put another meter on everyone’s home?”
Its like watching my teenage son roam the neighborhood and loudly preach to everyone within ear shot how insanely irresponsible and dangerous I am for not buying him another new car (after he ran the last two new ones into the bird bath) while I’m standing right in front of him watching.
How’s that for a re election campaign strategy?
The NEA is just another worthless rotten potato in the sack along with EPA NEC we’ve lugged for decades. Or is that potatoe?

onomo on August 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM

It’s all part of the Cloward-Piven plan. Just look at the black unemployment under Bush 1 & 2 and Clinton. The blacks and minorities as the C-P bottom up part.

Why else would you want to make blacks and minorities ignorant. It surly isn’t to better their prospects in life.

tarpon on August 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Ultimately schools should be accountable to parents, not to the government. The best way to do that is to provide vouchers and let the parents pick the schools. Teachers and schools will be forced to improve or go out of business.

PackerBronco on August 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Yet we will survive if we cherish freedom and liberty and hold those as our touchstones… any wishing to put authority over that as a touchstone shall fail as they are all failing NOW.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Ah. Much better end note. Might I add, “With great power comes great resposibilty”. Peter Parker’s uncle circa late 50′s I think.

Freedom and Liberty are powers that great. Worth fighting for and our son’s sacrifices are long recorded God bless them.
How about some virture? Freedom does require a touch of self control, restraint, just doing what’s right. When you swear (swear) to uphold the laws of the constitution and then you choose not to, what’s to become of this nation?
How will S&P handle our potus facing criminal charges? (hey just getting a handle on the future as it looks-already called and sold all my stock in the college book store which, until we spoke, seemed like a gold mine)
Nation of laws. Just say’n.

onomo on August 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Mr. Duncan told reporters that he was acting because Congress had failed to rewrite the Bush-era law, which he called a “slow-motion train wreck.”

As I recall, that was Ted Kennedy’s work.

http://educationfrontblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/08/ted-kennedy-and-no-child-left.html

disa on August 8, 2011 at 12:45 PM

So how many waivers have been denied since then? Who were the companies denied?
Curmudgeon on August 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Yeah, I’d lie to see that list too. Easy enough to find the ones who were granted the waivers, the denials, not so much.

Shay on August 8, 2011 at 12:45 PM

*like* to see that list

Shay on August 8, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Remember when the media used to proclaim their purpose as keeping government in check and speaking truth to power?

No. What century was that?

fogw on August 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I hope it’s OK if I follow the Presidents example and only obey laws I like.

MTF on August 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Dear IRS: After consultation with my wife, we have decided to apply for a waiver for all income and other payroll taxes for tax year 2011, as well as for all subsequent years until further notice.

In anticipation of swift approval (we are already a member of a household union, and we are incorporating as a local government), we have enclosed a check for $0.00 in settlement of our 2011 tax liability.

Yours truly,
landlines

PS: As a new government entity, we are looking forward to our highway funds check. Please expedite this, as our driveway can use some repairs.

/sarc>

landlines on August 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Arne Duncan does what the Teacher’s Unions tell him to do.

GarandFan on August 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

The feds should not be in the education business in the first place.

As far as waivers, standards only apply to those who can meet them. everyone else just gets a waiver or and affirmative action exemption.

That is just the truth. I have seen it in the military with my own eyes.
Vonnegut wrote about this in “Welcome to the Monkey House”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_the_Monkey_House_(short_story)

esnap on August 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Hey, Ted Kennedy wrote that law. How dare Arne diss the Liberal Lion.

SukieTawdry on August 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Let’s issue a waiver, permanently, to the Education Dept.! In 2013, the new president should start dismantling Educatio, Energy, Homeland Security, HUD and any other useless Department!

tomshup on August 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Administrative state gone wild-Congress outsources their responsibility and accountability to create laws, and now we have health care and education law by agency fiat. This is really scary-so much for the rule of the law.

The real reason behind this is because public school teachers are disillusioned with the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top that requires a portion of teacher pay to be based upon student test scores.

I think this is a move to try to capitalize on the anti-Republican governor fervor (Scott Walker (WI)/Rick Snyder(MI)/John Kasich(OH)) and give teachers a reason to vote in as high numbers as they usually do for the President.

sDs61678 on August 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Impossible to figure out what this moron will do next to dumb down the country. Unbelievable how much destruction this SOB and his cadre of progressive liiiibeeeraaaalllls has done.

ultracon on August 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Obama Caesar. All hail Caesar! We have a dictator.

PakviRoti on August 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

A good start clearing some of the financial kudzu strangling our economy would be to abolish, with one stroke, BOTH 0bamacare and NCLB. Both are a freakin mess.

cane_loader on August 8, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Dear IRS: After consultation with my wife, we have decided to apply for a waiver for all income and other payroll taxes for tax year 2011, as well as for all subsequent years until further notice.

Exactly.

MTF on August 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

As long as children are taught about fisting, the DOE’s job is done.

maryo on August 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

Can’t have future voters be able to read and do simple math, now can we?

mrt721 on August 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Rule by fiat and decree and caprice is not Rule of Law, it is dictatorship.

Hang ‘em all – after a fair trial, of course – and leave the bodies rotting along the banks Potomac as a warning to others.

Adjoran on August 8, 2011 at 4:40 PM

This is about Arne Duncan, his waivers, and his “syllogistic dishonesty”:

http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2011/08/syllogistic-dishonesty-of-arne-duncan.html

And I do believe we are living in a totalitarian democracy.

manateespirit on August 8, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I have friends that are Teachers and they will be glad to get away from this. After finding several schools around the Country cheating they figured out it did did not work and was a big money loser.

old war horse on August 9, 2011 at 7:54 AM