The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) of 1970 Title 20 1232a reads;
"No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, or to require the assignment or transportation of students or teachers in order to overcome racial imbalance."
I am trying to find more current legislation that voids this Act. I am not a lawyer but what I gather from this act is that Acts such as NCLB and the proposed Race to the Top are illegal, violating Title 20 1232a. of GEPA. These Acts are in my knowledge and experience, authorized, mandated, and controlled by the US Government, Department of Ed, and State-based governmental Departments of Ed. They control program of instruction/curriculum (well curriculum is a broadly defined term but standardized testing is curriculum and is mandated by NCLB).
Also regarding racial imbalance, many states de-segregate schools (not California, which is harshly criticized for their "segregation") by busing poor and minority students to more affluent districts and schools.
It just seems that everything going on in "educational reform" via the government is violating this act.
If anyone can find proof that this act is now null and void, please please please let me know.