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What Will Conservatives Do About Education? (Townhall.com) January 8, 2011

Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
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What will the new Republican majority do about federal education policy? 

Courtesy of Townhall.com

Under Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” and Obama’s “Race to the Top” programs, more and more education policy and money is now centered in Washington. But the clear message of the fall elections was that Washington is not the answer.

Republicans should take a hard look at the approach of Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and others, who said the federal role in education should be diminished, not expanded. 

And the states could be more courageous about this too—only Governor Rick Perry of Texas stood up to the feds and refused their education money, knowing all the strings that came with it. 

Here’s a chance for the new Republican majority in the House and in the statehouses to make a stand: education is—or ought to be—a state and local matter.

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