Tag: federalism

Debunking Misconceptions: “The Common Core is State-Led”

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on January 24, 2013 1 Comment

I thought that I would start a series on common misconceptions related to the Common Core State Standards.  I don’t know how frequently I’ll come back to this series, but as these misconceptions come up or as I hear them I want to address them.  The first is one that I hear quite frequently and […]

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Is Education a Massive Failure of Federalism?

Filed in Federalized Education by on July 20, 2012

Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, complained in his op/ed in The Washington Post about the Obama Administration’s use of waivers in circumventing the law.  He wrote: The Obama administration is increasingly becoming known not for its legislative achievements but for its federal waivers to legislative achievements. It has exempted favored […]

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And Mitt Romney’s Education Plan Receives a D

Filed in Candidates on Education by on June 14, 2012

By our own Shane Vander Hart While there are some encouraging aspects to Governor Romney’s plan and I can point to specific improvements over what we currently see in the Obama administration.  The complaint that Obama has expanded federal education bureaucracy, (pg. 13) is countered with slightly less federal bureaucracy.  Given that the principles of […]

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Local Control Doesn’t Have to Be Sacrificed for School Choice

Filed in Federalized Education, School Choice by on February 9, 2012
Local Control Doesn’t Have to Be Sacrificed for School Choice

The Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education released a white paper this week entitled “Choice and Federalism: Defining the Federal Role in Education.”  I looked forward to reading what this conservative think tank based at Stanford University had to say.  I was disappointed. While I applaud their ideas as they relate to school […]

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ALEC Education Task Force Approves Anti-Common Core Model Legislation

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) met last week in Scottsdale, AZ.  They are an organization whose mission is “to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.”  They have […]

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Tom Pauken on the Decentralization of Discretionary Spending

Filed in Federalized Education by on August 19, 2011

Tom Pauken, author of Bringing America Home and chair of the Texas Workforce Commission, discussed the decentralization of discretionary spending during a speech at the Eastside Conservative Club in Altoona, IA.  He mainly discusses education spending. Texans seem to understand the federalist position in regards to education intuitively.

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