BEHNA: Democrat Senator Chris Murphy Equates “States Rights” To Segregationists

On Friday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wrote a letter to chief state school officers across the nation, discussed implementation, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), an initiative from President Obama, for each state.

In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation, in light of the actions related to the postponement of the accountability regulations and the Congressional Review Act. The letter emphasizes that states should continue to move forward and that the Department will work to ensure that state education leaders have the state and local flexibility that Congress intended. States should continue to follow the timeline for developing and submitting their plans for review and approval, building on the work they have already completed. The Department will provide further guidance on the state plan requirements by March 13, 2017.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is an ESSA architect and satisfied with the letter.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., an ESSA architect, is pretty happy about the letter. In a statement, he called it a “good step towards ensuring that states have clarity and are able to follow the timeline they have already been working towards” when it comes to implementing the new law.

However, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) was not satisfied.

He went on a twitter rampage on Saturday.

In my view, here is the most pathetic tweet, claiming states rights “Was the rallying cry for segregationists.” Murphy follows up with “Racism still exists.” It sounds like he compared states rights to RACIAL segregation.

The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says the following.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not have been created by President Jimmy Carter. Giving states the power to handle education is more effective than the federal level.

But Murphy appears to think it is a racist view to have. Even after DeVos’s confirmation, he still cannot end his smear attacks against her.

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