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ERIC Number: ED518139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-6
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Freeing Schools from Washington's Education Overreach. WebMemo. No. 3214
Marshall, Jennifer A.
Heritage Foundation
Renewed interest in restoring constitutional principles has sharpened debate on a variety of policy issues. Education is no exception. The Constitution does not provide for a federal role in education, and public schools have traditionally been under the jurisdiction of local authorities. Washington's intervention seems to have brought out the worst in education governance. It has led to ever-increasing spending and bureaucratic bloat while undermining schools' direct accountability to parents and taxpayers. Federal intervention also creates a compliance burden, sapping time and money that could be more effectively deployed to achieve educational excellence. Congress can take steps now to set a course that will get Washington out of the way of local schools and restore constitutional governance in education. These steps are: (1) Take stock of and lead Americans in conversation about the toll federal intervention is taking on local schools; (2) Allow states to opt out of federal K-12 programs and direct funding to state education priorities; (3) Make way for state systemic reform; (4) Simplify Title I and make it student-centered; and (5) Advance parental choice in education where appropriate. (Contains 23 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001