The Rick Perry and Arne Duncan kerfuffle over education policy has gotten lots of MSM play. Education Week reporter Sean Cavanagh takes a look at Perry’s book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save American from Washington to gain insight into the Texas governor’s core philosophy on public education policy. Perry takes a swipe at republicans for buying into then President George Bush’s 2002 NCLB initiative. Writes Cavanagh:
In a passage that’s not likely to prove popular in corners of Capitol Hill, Perry also blasts congressional Republicans for supporting the passage of NCLB and allowing a federal expansion into schools. The law won bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into law in 2002 by George W. Bush.
“Do you think there would have been significant Republican opposition? Nope,” writes Perry. Republicans were enticed into backing the law, he says, by the idea that it would expand school choice, among other provisions. “This is not consistent with a belief in a limited federal government of enumerated powers.”
This is a fascinatingly independent take on both policy and intent. Perry’s outs Republican desire for “school choice and other provision” as false justification for the federal control of the nation’s schools. In describing their motives as “not being consistent with a belief in a limited federal government,” Perry drops his own version of the RINO bomb on GOP proponents of NCLB. Perry clearly stakes out a position which demonstrates favoring individual state independence and control of education policy.