Senate votes for MASSIVE overhaul of key Obama policy

The undoing of Barack Obama’s legacy continues.

During his final months in office, Obama’s administration passed regulations which reinstated a number of federal guidelines on a variety of matters related to education. It re-imposed federal requirements regarding “how schools are rated, the timeline for federal intervention in struggling schools, and the required indicators of school quality that go beyond test scores, among others.”

As Breitbart reported: 

The Senate on Thursday voted to end an Obama effort to identify and help struggling schools and students, as President Donald Trump and Republicans work to undo some of his predecessor’s key policies.

Senators voted 50-49 to rescind accountability rules issued in November to help states implement the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act, a law that addresses school ratings, student report cards and other ways to spot and help troubled schools. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

Republicans argued that the regulations were an example of federal overreach and that details of things like report cards should be left to states and local communities. Democrats defended the rules, saying they provide important safeguards for vulnerable groups of students, such as children with special needs and minorities.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the regulations violate the main idea of ESSA, which he said was meant to empower states on education matters. The law replaced the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.

“People had grown fed up with Washington telling teachers and schools, and superintendents and states, so much about what to do about our children in 100.000 public schools,” Alexander, who sponsored the measure, said on the Senate floor before the vote.

The House already voted to approve the measure, so only Trump’s signature is needed to pass it.

The Senate is also expected to vote this week on the nullification of another set of Obama-era education regulations “which lay out how states must carry out a federal law that holds public schools accountable for serving all students. The House has already approved undoing those rules, which advocates say are necessary to protect the interests of historically disadvantaged students.”

Barack Obama set a number of records during his presidency when it came to regulation. During his final year in office, Obama passed 18 regulations for every law passed, bringing the total page count in the 2016 Federal Registrar to 97,110.

Somehow, the country seems to function just fine without them.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]


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