Last updated on 2011.08.19
The Displaced Plainsman highlights a hard choice facing Rep. Kristi Noem. She makes vague assertions that she wants to reform No Child Left Behind to allow more local control. That's an easy statement to make within the sloppy boundaries of her simplistic GOP campaign rhetoric.
But when President Obama's education secretary Arne Duncan takes steps to grant local districts more of the control Noem says they need, and Noem's Republican chairman on the education committee goes ape.
LK sees a need to restore local control and check Duncan's power, but questions Noem's ability to defend both positions coherently:
NCLB will be a key test for Representative Noem who has shown little talent for anything except raising money. Can she use her position on the committee to [rein] in Duncan and fix NCLB before September? [LK, "What Will Kristi Do?" The Displaced Plainsman, 2011.06.24]
The Noem-GOP line on education apparently reads thus: local control is great, but we offer it, not when Obama's people offer it.