Is Education About to Go Local?

The Republicans' obsession with local control could undermine efforts to fix No Child Left Behind.

Come January, the chair of the House's Education and Labor Committee will be Minnesota Republican John Kline. He's not a big fan of the federal government having too much say in how state and city school systems do their business. One of his favorite phrases is "local control."

And his disdain for programs like Race to the Top and the Common Core State Standards could end up being a roadblock in any attempt to reauthorize ESEA (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind). He did, however, tell the AP that he thinks that the ESEA is an area where Democrats and Republicans can "make changes." After all, both sides of the aisle agree that the Act, in its current form, is largely ineffective.

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