Rep. Bishop disagrees with Obama’s education mandates

First District Congressman Rob Bishop, who served as an educator in Utah’s school system for more than 28 years, has decried President Obama’s decision to allow states to have limited exemption from No Child Left Behind only if they agree to adopt a new set of mandates unilaterally created by the White House. Bishop says as a teacher he is opposed to No Child Left Behind and on the surface President Obama’s decision to give states some relief would appear to be a good thing. But, he says, Obama’s decision to replace one set of mandates with another does nothing to help empower states to address their unique educational needs. Bishop says giving sates greater flexibility and autonomy is the only way forward, not more restrictive federal requirements that come with strings attached.

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