In their executive summary, they note an inconvenient truth for those who advocate for more centralization for education at the federal level. It just hasn’t worked.
Despite dramatic increases in federal intervention and funding in the public education system since the 1960s, educational achievement has not improved. The most widely used measure of school achievement are scores from National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which shows no significant change. Efforts to improve educational outcomes for low income children have also been expensive and unproductive. Even the federal college grant and loan programs have been ineffective for students. The evidence is inarguable, the federal government’s intervention in education has been a dismal failure.
They offer five steps to eliminate federal intervention into education:
- Send all Program Management and Funding to the states including Pell Grants for college.
- Repeal all laws permitting federal intervention in K-12 education starting with ESSA.
- Privatize college loan programs through savings & loan institutions.
- Eliminate all offices and divisions in the US Department of Education and related spending.
- Reduce federal tax collection, shifting education revenue responsibilities entirely back to the states.
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