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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

States that opt for the Obama administration's "conditional waivers" to the No Child Left Behind mess could well find themselves contending with a worse federal education nightmare than the one that already bedevils them.

Under this "deal," states will be relieved of NCLB's onerous provisions, "provided they are willing to embrace education reform." In other words, new rules for old, dreamed up by nameless, unaccountable federal bureaucrats who get paid for their cockamamie ideas -- not their results.

"(G)ranting NCLB waivers on the condition that states adopt the (federal) standards would relinquish state educational sovereignty to an unaccountable Department of Education," writes Lindsey Burke for The Heritage Foundation.

And that advances the abject failure of decades of federal education meddling and spending, all of which have accomplished nothing. Consider NCLB: It's projected that 80 percent of the nation's schools won't meet "adequate yearly progress" goals by the end of the next academic year.

Instead of waivers with sticky strings, states should support legislation before Congress that would restore local control -- not relinquish what's left of it to the dubious whims of Washington's educrats.

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