It isn’t often that a government agency sandbags a program that Congress has entrusted it to execute. But that’s the case with the Department of Education (DOE) and the federal Charter Schools Program. Instead, DOE has radically upended its own process to make it harder, if not impossible, for most would-be charter schools to receive the federal funding that is supposed to support their creation or expansion. It’s a violation of the constitutional separation of powers. Congress needs to step in and correct it.
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