- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2013

No one who truly cares about education (as opposed to the politics of education) should shed a tear if the waivers granted by the Obama administration to 34 states and the District of Columbia expire with congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law.

The administration has abused the process of granting waivers from the law’s requirements by effectively rewriting the law — without benefit of statutory or constitutional authority to do so. Along with Race to the Top and the Common Core, it is all part of the Obama game plan for concentrating all power over schooling in Washington, specifically within the executive branch.

In dealing with No Child Left Behind, Congress should take power from the U.S. Department of Education and return it to parents, teachers and school boards at local levels. The megabillions of dollars devoted to giant bureaucracies would be much more effectively used as opportunity scholarships for families to have a fully free choice among schools that are not products of a federal cookie-cutter mold.

ROBERT HOLLAND

Senior fellow for education policy

The Heartland Institute

Chicago