The Montana GOP, fresh off of a legislative session where Democrats and the mainstream media criticized their efforts to “nullify” federal laws, was quick to point out via Twitter that Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau appears to be nullifying federal education laws in Montana.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has this:
Juneau, state superintendent of public instruction, said Tuesday in Bozeman that she has written to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announcing her decision not to raise the target test scores that Montana schools must meet this year to avoid being labeled as failing under the federal law.
“I’m not asking permission,” Juneau said in an interview. She said it’s “unfair” to make schools work on both the old priorities of the No Child Left Behind law and the new priorities set by the Obama administration.
No Child Left Behind sets a goal that by 2014, all U.S. schools must have 100 percent of their students testing at grade level in reading and math.
Despite Juneau’s nullification efforts, don’t expect Democrats to soften their criticism of Wyoming and their Cogressional Delegation’s efforts to allow states to override federal laws.
The Casper Star Tribune has this:
All three members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation have signed on as co-sponsors to a proposed constitutional amendment allowing states to veto federal laws and regulations they dislike.
Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the proposal states that any federal law or regulation would be repealed if two-thirds of the states — 34 states — vote against it, according to an op-ed by Bishop published by The Daily Caller, a conservative news website.