Arizona House passes anti-federal education bill

Dozens of public schools would be able to throw out federal education policy regulating academic standards, teacher evaluation requirements and student tracking systems under a measure approved by the Arizona House on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The Republican-led House voted 36-23 along party lines to advance the measure to the Senate after heated debate over the value of federal education dollars. The proposed law would allow roughly 130 district and charter schools that don’t receive federal money to ignore federal and state mandates. The exempted schools would still need to follow any health, safety, civil rights and insurance mandates. Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, the bill’s sponsor, said schools that don’t benefit from federal dollars shouldn’t be forced to meet federal standards. Farnsworth is president of the Benjamin Franklin Charter School in Gilbert…

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