National school boards group blasts U.S. Education Department

The National Schools Board Association Tuesday blasted the Obama administration’s education policies, saying that the Education Department under Secretary Arne Duncan has pushed “unnecessary and counter-productive federal intrusion” onto local school districts.

Here is a news release issued Tuesday by the association, which is holding a conference in Washington D.C.

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 29, 2013) – More than 700 school board members and state school boards association leaders will be meeting with their members of Congress and urging them to co-sponsor legislation, developed by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), to protect local school district governance from unnecessary and counter-productive federal intrusion from the U.S. Department of Education.

School board leaders are in Washington D.C. to take part in NSBA’s 40th annual Federal Relations Network Conference, being held Jan. 27-29, 2013.

The proposed legislation would ensure that the Department of Education’s actions are consistent with the specific intent of federal law and are educationally, operationally, and financially supportable at the local level. This would also establish several procedural steps that the Department of Education would need to take prior to initiating regulations, rules, grant requirements, guidance documents, and other regulatory materials….

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