Friday, May 27, 2005

The Spellings Report: Another Federal Mandate

While leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties have struggled over the enforcement of party discipline in the Senate, Secretary Margaret Spellings and the Department of Education have been working on some enforcement of their own:

The Education Department outlined Tuesday how it plans to enforce a little-known provision that Congress passed in 2004: Every school and college that receives federal money must teach about the Constitution on September 17, the day the document was adopted in 1787.

Schools can determine what kind of educational program they want, but they must hold one every year on the now-named "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day." And if September 17 falls on a weekend or holiday, schools must schedule a program immediately before or after that date.

Would you believe that the person delegated with developing the plan has the job title of Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement? Honest. That's the job title.

More info from the Dept. of Ed here, and here.

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