But this story has larger implications, I think:
State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call.Putting aside the continued "dumbing down" of American education, since when is it Constitutional for the Executive Branch to simply decide that duly-enacted laws are going to be "waived"? Did I miss something in law school where the President can simply announce that certain laws are not going to be enforced?
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break.
The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said.
This is a relatively small story given the current economic meltdown (Dow now down 300+ points), but it's indicative of how a country can slide into tyranny without anyone noticing.