The U.S. Constitution grants no authority over education to the federal government. Education is not mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, and for good reason. The Founders wanted most aspects of life managed by those who were closest to them, either by state or local government or by families, businesses, and other elements of civil society. The Founders feared the concentration of power. They believed that the best way to protect individual freedom and civil society was to limit and divide power. Certainly, they saw no role for the federal government in education.
Our representatives in Congress, the people we sent there to represent us, need to be reminded of this.
A big thanks to Alyson Klein at EdWeek for breaking down the three bills put out in Congress last week on the long-stalled re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Here’s a clip from her work:
You can read the rest of her breakdown here.