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Roberts: Feds should back off education

By The Herald Staff | 4/11/2014

WASHINGTON — The federal government needs to stay out of state education decisions, Pat Roberts said.

U.S. Sen. Roberts, R-Kan., called on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to prohibit Washington from determining state education standards and curriculum.

“The federal government should not be using enticements, grants and waivers to influence state decisions on academic curriculum,” Roberts said. “Those decisions are best made by state and local government without interference from Washington.”

Roberts joined several senators in sending a letter to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Appropriations Committee and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., ranking member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, requesting language in the Fiscal Year 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill to limit federal involvement.

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