Amid all of the talking points from Chris Christie and Jeb Bush that Marco Rubio has no accomplishments, here is a reminder that Rubio often worked quietly within his role as a US Senator. In 2011, Jeb Bushed penned an opinion piece for Politico in which he supported then Secretary of Education Arne Duncan efforts to grant NCLB waivers to states which reached certain benchmarks favored by both Bush and Duncan. Rubio obviously disagreed. Not wanting to embarrass his friend, Rubio wrote a letter to Duncan and stated that he had no such authority, especially with respect to his desire to implement Common Core Standards. Bush didn’t mention Common Core in his POLITICO piece and never went on record until a few years later – when it became politically untenable – that he opposed Duncan’s attempt to nationalize curriculum.
It was Rubio who recognized the danger of Duncan’s power grab and Bush’s support for the federalization of education policy. Moreover, it is Rubio – and certainly not Bush – who has the resume which indicates a willingness to shrink the power and influence of the federal government.
In a stunning development, Republican Senator Marco Rubio broke from the influence of Jeb Bush’s desires on education and informed Arne Duncan he did not have the power to grant waivers to states from NCLB guidelines. Here’s some of the letter published by Michelle Kirk in BizPacReview.com
As you may know, a rising number of parents, teachers and administrators from across our
nation have expressed concerns regarding the Department of Education’s recent announcements relating to the issuance of waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB);
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