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The federal government has no authority over education

  • No provision of any appli­cable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruc­tion, administra­tion, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system.
       Source: 20 U.S.C. § 1232a
  • It is the intention of the Con­gress in the establishment of the Department to protect the rights of State and local governments and public and private educational institutions in the areas of educa­tional policies and administration of programs and to strengthen and improve the control of such govern­ments and institutions over their own educational programs and policies. The establishment of the Department of Education shall not increase the authority of the Fed­eral Government over education or diminish the responsibility for education which is reserved to the States and the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States.
       Source: 20 U.S.C. § 3403(a)
  • No provision of a program ad­ministered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to ex­ercise any direc­tion, supervision, or control over the curriculum, pro­gram of instruction, administra­tion, or personnel of any educa­tional institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agen­cy or association, or over the selec­tion or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational in­stitution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law.
       Source: 20 U.S.C. § 3403(b)
  • Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize an officer or employee of the Federal Govern­ment to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school's curriculum, program of instruction, or allocation of State or local resources, or mandate a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under this Act.
        Source: 20 U.S.C. § 7907(a)
  • Notwithstanding any other prohibition of Federal law, no funds provided to the Department under this Act may be used by the Department to endorse, approve, or sanction any curriculum designed to be used in an elementary school or secondary school.
       Source: 20 U.S.C. § 7907(b)
  • Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal law, no State shall be required to have academic content or student academic achievement standards approved or certified by the Federal Government, in order to receive assistance under this Act.
       Source: 20 U.S.C. § 7907(c)(1)
  • The powers not delegated to the United States by the Consti­tution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
       Source: U.S. Constitution, Amendment X


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