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Educational Freedom in the Wake of No Child Left Behind

Recorded on February 28, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Almost ten years ago, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and his education subcommittee for oversight and investigations published a report called "Education at a Crossroads," exposing the extent of federal involvement in public education and the waste, fraud and abuse associated with federal programs. The report argued that states and localities could make more efficient and effective use of the resources and that Washington should get out of the education policymaking business.

A decade later, federal spending on K-12 education has more than doubled and the federal role has further expanded under No Child Left Behind without substantial improvement in student achievement, adding evidence to Rep. Hoekstra's argument. Joined by former U.S. Representative and now Vice-Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education Bob Schaffer, Rep. Hoekstra will make the case for returning policymaking authority to state and local education leaders and for public education transparency to parents and taxpayers.