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PSN on March 23, 2006 - 2:40pm
A few folks pointed out that in Monday's Dispatch we had given anti-public school activists too much credit for success when we said that Texas, Lousiana, and Kansas had passed the 65% Distraction into law.
In fact, public school advocates in Texas were able to block legislative enactment of the 65% mandate in 2005; instead, Governor Perry did an end-run around the legislature and issued an executive order attempting to impose the 65% mandates on state schools-- an act of dubious legality that may not have much teeth without implementing legislation.
And Kansas only made the 65% figure a public policy goal" that even its advocates admit is nothing more than a "recommendation" not a requirement for districts, just as the vote in the Lousiana legislature was a non-binding request to the state Board of Education to implement the proposal.
So that makes Georgia's new law the only one with legislative sanctions against school districts that don't meet the arbitrary 65% rule.
We regret indicating more momentum behind the silliness of the 65% Distraction that there actually is -- and if progressives keep educating the public, hopefully we can leave Georgia as the only state with it actually embedded in binding state law.