District-Level Race to the Top: School Districts Beholden to the Feds

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I blogged at Truth in American Education late last month about the latest *brilliant* idea to come from the Arne and Obama show – District-Level Race to the Top.  Instead of giving money to the states the U.S. Department of Education wants to give it directly to school districts.  So they are just bypassing the […]

The Growing Tide Against National Education Standards

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 […]

Thomas Jefferson Argued for Local and Parental Control of Education

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The call for local control of education and for parental control is not a new argument.  President Thomas Jefferson cautioned against a state, not just a federal role in education in a letter written to Joseph Cabell on February 2, 1816. …if it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the […]

Rick Santorum in Des Moines Discusses Right to Work, Social Conservatism, and Education

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Podcast: Download Prospective 2012 Presidential Candidate, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) met with members of the American Principles Project’s Iowa Advisory Board  and special guests in Des Moines, IA on Thursday. Senator Santorum is currently a a Senior Fellow at The Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Friday host of Bill Bennett’s ‘Morning in America’ […]

On the Origins of Federal Authority…

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.“1 In the Preamble […]

Public Option Opt-Out

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announces that the public option is now in the Senate version of the health care reform bill.  With one caveat that it will include an opt-out option for states. So Democrats now believe in a form of federalism? Hmmmmm… It would seem that the only way Senator Reid feels […]

Federal Authority vs. States’ Rights

The Tenth Amendment lays out the division of authority between federal and state governments: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. The Federal government consuming more and more of the governing authority of the […]