HR 899 This is a short bill. It would just abolish the U.S. Department of Education. No replacement, no explanation. The sponsors are: Massie, Amash, Biggs, Chaffetz, Gaetz, Hice, Jones, and Labrador. Draw your own conclusions.
The Florida Appeals Court stated that the Leon County district court did not have jurisdiction over parents’ complaints about third grade retention based upon the Florida Statewide Assessment scores. Instead, the court determined that the lawsuits should have been filed in local district courts where parents resided. According to the Orlando Sentinel report, the Appeals Court ruling declared that the state assessment had a laudable purpose to ‘assess whether the student has a reading deficiency and needs additional reading instruction before or after being promoted to fourth grade’.
In this article by Valerie Strauss, Carol Burris states: “All of the problems associated with charter schools, such as, siphoning public school funding, increased segregation, scandalous recruiting practices and blatant profiteering can be found in charters in and surrounding America’s Christmas city.” Superintendent of Schools Joseph Roy (Pennsylvania’s Superintendent of the Year) budgets $26 million for its charters. He estimates that if all charter students returned to public schools, the district, even after hiring some new faculty, would save twenty million dollars.