Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
I warned you about this at the start of the legislative session. Neo-Confederate dead-enders revive discredited 'nullification theory' again.
Now Rep. "Fast Eddie" Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, wants to extend nullification theory to education. The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports Arizona House passes anti-federal education bill:
Dozens of public schools would be able to throw out federal education policy regulating academic standards, teacher evaluation requirements and student tracking systems under a measure approved by the Arizona House on Thursday.
The Republican-led House voted 36-23 along party lines to advance the measure to the Senate after heated debate over the value of federal education dollars.
The proposed law would allow roughly 130 district and charter schools that don’t receive federal money to ignore federal and state mandates. The exempted schools would still need to follow any health, safety, civil rights and insurance mandates.
Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, the bill’s sponsor, said schools that don’t benefit from federal dollars shouldn’t be forced to meet federal standards.
Wait for it . . .
Farnsworth is president of the Benjamin Franklin Charter School in Gilbert.
These guys are busy writing their own rules to personally benefit themselves financially again. Or maybe "Fast Eddie" hasn't really thought through all of the ramifications . . .
Critics fretted that if the measure becomes law, it would result in a significant hit to Arizona’s education budget. Federal education funding is generally linked to compliance and income.
“When we exempt these few schools from complying with federal regulations, all of our schools in the state are at risk for losing federal funding,” said Democratic Rep. Eric Meyer.
Farnsworth countered that Arizona lawmakers need to support good policy over federal threats. He said federal education funding and regulations are unconstitutional.
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“When you talk about the federal government, I have no idea what they are going to do. … Anytime I try to do anything, that’s what I hear: ‘We are going to lose federal funding, we are going to lose federal funding,’” Farnsworth said. “There’s really not a lot of risk, but if it does happen then at some point, we have to say, ‘This is the best policy for our state, and we will defend it if we need to.’”
States' rights! Secession!
Remember folks, this guy runs charter schools that I have to believe are miseducatin' people's children to his level of ignorance. No wonder he doesn't want to comply with federal and state standards. He just wants to keep cashing the checks.
Note: i will leave it to David Safier to weigh in on the education aspects of this bill, if any. This strikes me as a states' rights temper tantrum.