Boehner, Enzi Letter to U.S. Department of Education Clarifies State & Local Control of High School Curricula
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today wrote to the U.S. Department of Education to clarify that the math and science initiative in the Deficit Reduction Act - which the House is expected to consider today - ensures that state and local authorities will continue to make decisions over high school curricula and does not give the Secretary of Education any new authority over such decisions. Boehner and Enzi issued the following statement:
"This initiative is intended to encourage high-achieving high school students to study math, science, and critical languages in college and provide them with additional grant assistance beyond what is offered through the Pell Grant program. We want to make clear that this proposal continues to preserve the role of state and local authorities in making all decisions over school curricula. Moreover, as our letter notes, existing federal law already specifies that the Secretary does not retain any authority to dictate high school curricula in any fashion. We agree that decisions over school curricula are best made by state and local authorities and firmly believe this math and science initiative is consistent with that approach."