Educators — and the heads of the country’s largest teachers unions, too — were in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to testify before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, called ESSA a “major course correction from the stifling federal overreach of No Child Left Behind.” In case you missed that, look again: the NEA’s president used the words “stifling federal overreach,” even if she did have to reach back to the Bush administration for the opportunity.

Speaking of overreach:

Teachers have had another concern on their minds for a while, though, which they expressed Tuesday via a press conference and continued Wednesday in a meeting with White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

What’s not happening? A Senate confirmation vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, that’s what. And even though there’s no constitutional reason for it, the Senate remains unmoved by the administration’s #DoYourJob hashtag campaign. How can they get away with defying the Constitution like that? Won’t someone think of the children?

Civics teachers continued the push for a confirmation vote Wednesday.

It’s a shame that teachers have to go to these lengths again after having lobbied so hard on behalf of Justice Samuel Alito just 10 years ago.

Is the Biden Rule part of the civics curriculum? Unfortunately, the vice president was in Ohio today and wasn’t available to take questions about it.


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