This morning we are greeted with news of waivers being granted to 10 states to exempt them from the provisions of the No Child Left Behind legislation. It has been fun to watch the changing narrative on this abysmal piece of legislation as it has moved from a historic piece of lawmaking championed by then Sen. Ted Kennedy to just another failed policy of former president George Bush.
President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.
The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. NBC News confirmed the report.
The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.
In the AP article in fact they don’t even mention the booze-swilling, girlfriend-killing senator at all. No. They know exactly who to blame because the SCOAMF oxygen thief in the White House told them.
In September, Obama called President George W. Bush’s most hyped domestic accomplishment an admirable but flawed effort that hurt students instead of helping them.
Let’s step into the wayback machine for just a bit though.
There’s probably not a better example of Ted Kennedy’s skills as a legislator than his work on No Child Left Behind, the law that Sen. Kennedy, Democratic Rep. George Miller, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg and GOP Rep. John Boehner worked on with the Bush administration in 2001.
Recall the context of those times. President Bush had won reelection after the nightmarish Florida recount and Supreme Court decision and many Democrats wanted nothing to do with him. The president nevertheless extended his right hand to Democrats, and one who took it was the biggest Democrat of all, Ted Kennedy. He came to dinner with the Bushes, watched a movie at the White House and generally started to work with Bush on reforming federal education law.
Oh, and folks, according to Ted Kennedy in his own words, back when the bill was signed into law:
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., shared the president’s enthusiasm. “This is a defining issue about the future of our nation and about the future of democracy, the future of liberty, and the future of the United States in leading the free world,” the legislative icon had proclaimed on the Senate floor. “No piece of legislation will have a greater impact or influence on that.”
So does that mean Obama has now doomed the future of our nation, democracy, liberty and indeed our role in being a leader in the free world? Oh wait, he’s already accomplished all of that.
Those first ten waivers, by the way, are just the tip of the iceberg.
A total of 28 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have signaled that they, too, plan to seek waivers — a sign of just how vast the law’s burdens have become as a big deadline nears.
This administration sure does love to hand out those waivers don’t they. It’s only fair, after all. Right.