Letter from 10 U.S. Senators to President Obama Alleges Federal Overreach

Letter from 10 U.S. Senators to President Obama Alleges Federal Overreach

November 3, 2016

As reported by the Washington Post and noted by Education Week, a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. Senators are calling on President Obama to “rein in the Education Department” arguing that the agency is “trying to overreach into matters that Congress intended to be decided by states and school districts.” The Senators object to “two key regulations” that the Dept. of Education wants to finalize before Jan. 20, 2017 – how school districts allocate funds for educating poor children, and how states and district determine which schools are failing and how to improve them. In a one-page letter, the Senators argued that the department’s two proposed regulations “violate the intent of ESSA” and called on the President to make sure “regulations stay within the statutory text.”