American Constitutional Research Service - Seminole, FL

Exposing the despotic education reform bill

John William Kurowski

December, 2001

Please Mr. President, do not sign the proposed education reform bill, expose it for the tyrannical legislation it is!

On Tuesday, Dec. 18th the Senate, under the guise of “education reform“ passed what is touted as the `No Child Left Behind Act of 2001'. The bill is not only a scheme to misappropriate $26 billion, it is also skillfully designed to keep in tact the existing state and federal education power structure responsible for the need for education reform, and intentionally obstructs concerned parents who may want to remove their children from government operated schools and place their children in Private or parochial Schools so their children will not suffer the dumbing down process commonly experienced in government operated schools during the past several decades.

Those who are willing participants in this scheme must have taken a page from the Federalist papers in which the following maximum is stated “…a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.“ [Federalist 79]

Folks in government in framing this Act have heeded this maximum by using the power of state taxation to raise revenue for state authorized public education, and then allowing the folks in Washington to increase that burden of taxation upon the people within their state even further, and to do so to the tune of an additional $26 billion, leaving parents having school aged children with their economic resources strained and diminished to such a degree by federal and state taxation as to force them to used the government educational system. This fact is even more obvious when one considers the bill specifically forbids any portion of the $26 billion, once it is returned to the states, to be used by concerned parents to flee government operated schools and enroll their children in private schools proven to advance the three R‘s___ something which is called “school choice” — a provision [private school choice] removed from the House bill because of the clamoring of democrats and state and federal education leaders ___ leaders, it must be amply noted, who are the very people responsible for the existing state of affairs in government operated schools.…the deletion of private school choice being a subtle but effective coup d’ etat by the democratic party in the framing of the bill, keeping alive the worm at the root of the tree!

And if you think your state government elected officials do not work in concert with the folks in Washington to keep in tact the existing federal and state educational power structure, ask you state government elected officials, why, if they need more tax revenue to provide better education within their state, do they allow the folks in Washington to trespass their state borders and tax $26 billion in economic resources away from the states for a purpose not authorized by the Constitution of the United States?

To understand this irrefutable prohibition against federal taxation for and regulation of state run schools, and why the bill is a misappropriation of federal revenue, one only needs to read what the People of Maryland have agreed to in their State Constitution, which has intentionally delegated the power for a state funded and regulated educational system to their state elected officials, and not to the folks in Washington.___, the wording being as follows: “The General Assembly, at its First Session after the adoption of this Constitution, shall by Law establish throughout the State a thorough and efficient System of Free Public Schools; and shall provide by taxation, or otherwise, for their maintenance.” The Maryland Constitutional also states, in emphatic terms: “…the People of this State have the sole and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, as a free, sovereign and independent State.” And, under Art. 3, the command for local regulation, as opposed to federal regulation contained in the pending federal education reform Act, is again restated: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution thereof, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people thereof.”. This very provision of Maryland’s Declaration of Rights is also agreed to by the People of the United States in their ratification of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States!

So, why have the folks in Washington, especially Sen. Kennedy, been so eager to misappropriate $26 billion under the heading of education reform? The answer becomes quite clear to those who have laboriously studied the bill, a bill designed to be the final fight to gain control over the minds of America’s children and use such control for a perverted political indoctrination rather than education.

Although there are many specific examples, under SEC. 2344 titled “WE THE PEOPLE PROGRAM”, provision is made “ to continue and expand the educational activities of the program entitled `We the People... The Citizen and the Constitution' program administered by such center“ [The Center for Civic Education]. But, the lessons provided through this program, do not teach the fundamental principals of a limited federal government, limited by the enumerated powers delegated to the folks in Washington by the Constitution. The lessons teach quite the contrary and assist those who’s ultimate goal is to impose a despotic form of government in which the folks in Washington may do or not do as they please, regardless of the prohibitions contained in state and the United States’ Constitutions.

The bill is intentionally designed to assist in the ongoing subjugation of our constitutionally limited Republic!

Again, I ask, Mr. President, please , do not sign the proposed education reform bill, expose it for the tyrannical legislation it is!

God save us from the pending demise of our once honorable constitutional limited republic!



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There is no difference between the democrats and republicans…both want to keep alive the iron fist over education and control the minds of America’s children.

To see how your folks in Washington voted on the despotic fed ed bill see:



Make no mistake, the Congress of the United States [republicans and democrats] are our nation’s most formidable domestic enemy, they are doing with their fountain pens that which our foreign enemies want to accomplish by terrorism___, overturn the principals set forth in the Constitution of the United States!

And what is it that reasonable people ought to do?

Based upon the fact that Congress has informed the people it has $26 billion sitting in Washington, D.C. for an “education program”, my suggestion, which reasonable people may find acceptable, would be that the people in each state, who are truly concerned about their children’s education, should immediately contact their state governor and notify him in emphatic terms, that Congress has admitted it has such money, and, that in view of the fact that Congress has no constitutional authority to tax and spend for state operated public education, the $26 billion sitting in Washington is an amount apparently overtaxed from the people within the states, and must be returned to each state. The formula by which this overpayment of taxes is to be returned to the states shall be by the rule of apportionment contained in Art. 1, Sec. 2. Cl. 3 of the Constitution., i.e., States’ number of Representatives divided by 435 x $26 billion = State’s apportioned share of the $26 billion in overpayment made by the particular state to the folks in Washington. Such revenue to be returned to each state without any Washington strings, and as an overpayment in taxes, which it is, as Congress has no constitutional authority to tax and spend for state public education! This method, [returning money to the states] was used in 1835 regarding a federal surplus. The only reason I suggest this route is that Congress has taxed this money away from the people, not to provided a better system of education, education being a state function and protected by the 10th Amendment, but rather, to gain economic control over the resources within the various states and then blackmail state governments into accepting a despotic federal education plan in order to get their own money back. It is time to end the federal tyranny emanating from Washington, and this can be done if the people are really concerned and willing to encourage their State Officials to stop submitting to federal blackmail, and do what they swore to do when taking their office ___, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States!

Supreme Court Justice William Douglas warned us:

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of darkness."



NOTE: While you are waiting for the Federal Government to stop violating the Constitution by being involved in education at any level [there are no Constitutional provisions to allow it] you can start HomeSchooling your own children, or at least promoting Home-Based Education wherever and whenever you have the opportunity.

If you need a curriculum see

For Home Scooling Research Expertise see the National Home Education Research Institute