Republicans target Obama education rules


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Republicans are hitting back against a new Education Department rule they see as a power grab by the Obama administration.

The Education Department on Thursday proposed accountability measures for schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act. But Republicans say the rules would shift school oversight from states and local communities to the federal government.
The two most powerful Republicans on education issues are threatening to block the rules using the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to reject regulations they disapprove of.
“I am deeply concerned the department is trying to take us back to the days when Washington dictated national education policy,” said House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), who indicated he would hold a hearing on the rule.

“Congress worked on a bipartisan basis to move the country away from the prescriptive federal mandates and requirements of No Child Left Behind. We replaced that failed law with a fundamentally different approach that empowers state and local leaders to determine what’s best for their schools and students,” Kline added in a statement.

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) echoed those concerns.

“I will review this proposed regulation to make sure that it reflects the decision of Congress last year to reverse the trend toward a national school board and restore responsibility to states, school districts, and teachers to design their own accountability systems,” Alexander said in a statement.

“The law fixing No Child Left Behind was passed with large bipartisan majorities in both the House and the Senate,” he added. “I am disappointed that the draft regulation seems to include provisions that the Congress considered — and expressly rejected. If the final regulation does not implement the law the way Congress wrote it, I will introduce a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to overturn it.”


The Obama administration will publish 182 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Friday’s edition of the Federal Register.

–The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will issue new child welfare regulations.

The comprehensive child welfare information system (CCWIS) rule will replace previous regulations with a focus on using automated case management data for children.

The rule goes into effect in 60 days.
–The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release preliminary calculations for emission limits on modern electricity-generating units in dozens of states.

The proposed emission budgets would apply to “electricity generating units that commenced commercial operation on or after Jan. 1, 2010,” the EPA notes.

The public has 30 days to comment.
–The Department of Transportation (DOT) will issue new rules for states developing metropolitan transportation plans.

The rules from the Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) apply to city and statewide transportation plans.

The rules go into effect in 30 days.

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