There's a new tide in America. A wave favoring a return to federalism, built upon reasonable fears that the federal government has gotten too big; that Washington had overstepped its bounds.
Many parents and taxpayers feel the same way about education today. They understand that those people closest to the student are best equipped to meet their education needs. Americans understand that some distant, unelected bureaucrat in Washington is neither able nor empowered by the Constitution to dictate state education policy. By using federalism as a guiding principle in education – allowing states to set standards and determine how education dollars are spent – children’s needs will best be served, and educational opportunity will flourish.
Unfortunately, many states have succumbed to pressure to adopt national academic standards. It has happened quietly, threatening local control of education. We interviewed Governors Rick Perry (R-TX) and Nikki Haley (R-SC), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and a fifth-grade teacher from St. Louis who spoke to us about the consequences.