Sanders: U.S. Education Dept. must cooperate with Vermont
Ohanian Comment: Sanders should complain--much more loudly--not just as the Senator representing Vermont--but as a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. I've been waiting for years for his action there.
And why is this statement just about money. What is truly unacceptable--and abominable--is the U. S. Department of Education policy on Common Core and excessive testing? And teacher evaluation? Etc. etc.
Sen. Bernie Sanders office
WASHINGTON, June 6 Ă˘€“ Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today told U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that it is unacceptable to exclude Vermont and many other rural states from a major federal grant program.
Ă˘€śIt is unacceptable that nearly $5 billion of federal Ă˘€śRace to the TopĂ˘€ť funding has been distributed while Vermont and many other states have not received a penny,Ă˘€ť Sanders said after meeting with Duncan in the senatorĂ˘€™s office on Capitol Hill.
Overall, more than half of all states have not received Ă˘€śRace to the TopĂ˘€ť funds. Many rural states, some with high poverty rates, are among the states that received nothing. Vermont, for example, was turned down last November for a four-year, $50 million grant for early-childhood education.
Noting that Vermont public schools are among the best in the country, Sanders said he would Ă˘€śdo my best to change this arbitrary funding system, which unfairly disadvantages some states at the expense of others.Ă˘€ť
Sanders also said he was pleased to hear from Duncan that there will be a special Ă˘€ścarve outĂ˘€ť for rural states in a new, $350 million round of funding for Ă˘€śRace to the Top.Ă˘€ť
Also during the meeting, the senator said he was Ă˘€śextremely disappointedĂ˘€ť that Vermont could not obtain a waiver from the Ă˘€śNo Child Left BehindĂ˘€ť law. He said requirements of the Bush-era law are Ă˘€śfundamentally incompatible with the stateĂ˘€™s education model.Ă˘€ť Sanders said he was delighted that Secretary Duncan promised to personally discuss the waiver issue with Vermont education officials to explore how a resolution could be reached.
In Vermont, Sanders added, Ă˘€śthere is widespread Ă˘€“ near unanimous Ă˘€“ oppositionĂ˘€ť to the lawĂ˘€™s inflexible mandates.
Bernie Sanders press release
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