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1851 Center for Constitutional Law

Big news: Maurice Thompson has established the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law.

Support this important work today, with your money and your attention. "Jurisdictional transparency" is as important or more important than financial transparency, and Thompson is the state's leader in ensuring that governments operate legally, within their constitutional boundaries.

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And all the children are above average

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Oh, I’ve been waiting for this for 10 years now: “The number of schools labeled as “failing” under the nation’s No Child Left Behind Act could skyrocket dramatically this year . . . the percentage of schools not meeting yearly targets for their students’ proficiency in in math and reading could jump from 37 to 82 percent as states raise standards in attempts to satisfy the law’s mandates.”

The law mandated that 100 percent of children would be proficient within 10 years (but did not kick in right away so we’ve still got a few years).

This is akin to mandating that all husbands shall look like Tom Cruise (or Justin Bieber, whatever) within 10 years. It’s not going to happen. It wasn’t even hubris to pass such a law, it was idiocy and cynism. Clearly, Kennedy and Bush both expected further jockeying to kick the status quo around, Kennedy expecting nationally based socialism and Bush expecting a reaction from publishing comparative performance.

The federal government probably has the authority under the Constitution to set certain standards of price and quality transparency, but that’s it. It does not have funding authority nor does it have mandate authority. Needless to say it claims both, and has rendered itself ridiculous.

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