Thursday, April 14, 2005

Spellings to invoke executive privilege

They wanted to make right the wrongs. They wanted to get it all out there, let the public know what happened. Isn't that what they said following the Armstrong Williams controversy? (Williams was paid $240,000 by the Dept. of Education to give pro-NCLB commentaries in print and on TV but did not disclose the payments.)

The President and Secretary Spellings promised a full investigation. As if that wasn't enough, the General Accountability Office ( oh, the irony) ordered them to investigate months ago. Yesterday, by a 98-0 vote, the Senate also ordered an investigation. Things were looking good (via the NYT)

Hours before the Senate vote, President Bush, in a question-and-answer session with newspaper editors in Washington, said the government origins of such releases should be made clear. "It's deceptive to the American people if it's not disclosed," Mr. Bush said.

Absolutely. Couldn't agree more. So everything will be disclosed, right?

...In the Williams matter, Mr. Miller, the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, said he had been briefed by Jack Higgins, the Education Department inspector general, about the internal investigation into the commentator's promotion of the No Child Left Behind Act.

"It appears that all of the information about what took place here will not be available," Mr. Miller said.


He said that the inspector general had been "denied access" to some current and former White House employees and that Education Secretary Margaret Spellings was considering invoking special privileges that would force the investigator to shield parts of his findings from the public.

Special privileges? Is the ghost of Richard Nixon haunting the Education Department? This is ridiculous. What's more, it's pathetic. This is a big deal, but it's not Watergate for God's sake! Their ineptitude and idiocy knows no bounds.

But one thing is for sure: every teacher and principal in America must be held accountable. The Department of Education, on the other hand, does not. It must be nice.


Blogger EdWonk said...

We've linked this post on our latest Tales From The Trenches: Classroom Teachers Speak

It may be seen here:

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