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State senator: Federal government should not play role in education


By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2019

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Declaring that educational opportunities are abundant in Arizona and the fight for all its children must continue, state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake) has expressed her support for educational reform.

The Arizona legislature is working on plans that could adjust special education funding, affect school safety and workforce development as well as update K-12 funding, according to AzEdNews.

Allen, the Senate Education Committee chairwoman, has reportedly been working on a plan to increase special education funding during the interim, AzEdNews reported.

Having met with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Dec. 5, the state senator believes the federal government should not have a hand in education in light of the release of the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

She took to Facebook to assert that “there's nothing in our federal Constitution that provides for a Department of Education.”

The assessment, which is also known as the Nation’s Report Card, determined that math and reading scores nationwide continue to decline.

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