In HB 156, a strong non-budget bill, we were able to delete a mandate on the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) to “implement” over 500 pages of federal education regulations. The Federal law clearly still exists and has higher authority, but this deletion allows for a broader base interpretation of what is being mandated and allows for a response appropriate for a sovereign State.
HB 156 also requires DEED to pause testing requirements until we have an acceptable State testing plan that takes into account local school needs.
The fundamental principle of this bill is for parents to be in charge of their child’s education.
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