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Text of the Restoration of Parental Rights and State Sovereignty Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on July 17, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 17, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2710

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 17, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Bishop of Utah) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to restore State sovereignty over public education and parental rights over the education of their children.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Restoration of Parental Rights and State Sovereignty Act of 2013 .

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Restoration of State sovereignty over public education and parental rights over the education of their children

Part E of title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7881 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Restoration of State sovereignty over public education and parental rights over the education of their children

9541.

States to retain rights and authorities they do not expressly waive

(a)

Retention of rights and authorities

No officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary shall enforce against an authority of a State, nor shall any authority of a State have any obligation to obey, any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act, nor shall such program operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have by law expressly approved that program and, in doing so, have waived the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.

(b)

Amendment of terms of receipt of Federal financial assistance

An officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary may release assistance under a grant program established under this Act to a State only after the legislature of the State has by law expressly approved the program (as described in subsection (a)). This approval may be accomplished by a vote to affirm a State budget that includes the use of such Federal funds and any such State budget must expressly include any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act so that by approving the budget, the State legislature is expressly approving the grant program and, in doing so, waiving the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.

(c)

Special rule for States with biennial legislatures

In the case of a State with a biennial legislature—

(1)

during a year in which the State legislature does not meet, subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply; and

(2)

during a year in which the State legislature meets, subsections (a) and (b) shall apply, and, with respect to any grant program established under this Act during the most recent year in which the State legislature did not meet, the State may by law expressly disapprove the grant program, and, if such disapproval occurs, an officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary may not release any additional assistance to the State under that grant program.

(d)

Definition of state authority

As used in this section, the term authority of a State includes any administering agency of the State, any officer or employee of the State, and any local government authority of the State.

(e)

Effective date

This section applies in each State beginning on the 90th day after the end of the first regular session of the legislature of that State that begins 5 years after the date of the enactment of the Student Success Act and shall continue to apply in subsequent years until otherwise provided by law.

9542.

Dedication of savings to deficit reduction

Notwithstanding any formula reallocations stipulated under the Student Success Act, any funds under such Act not allocated to a State because a State did not affirmatively agree to the receipt of such funds shall not be reallocated among the States.

9543.

Definition of State with biennial legislature

In this Act, the term State with a biennial legislature means a State the legislature of which meets every other year.

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Intent of Congress

It is the intent of Congress that other than the terms and conditions expressly approved by State law under the terms of this subpart, control over public education and parental rights to control the education of their children are vested exclusively within the autonomous zone of independent authority reserved to the States and individual Americans by the United States Constitution, other than the Federal Government’s undiminishable obligation to enforce minimum Federal standards of equal protection and due process.

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