In case you missed it, President Trump signed a number of executive orders yesterday, several calling not to expand federal power – but to reduce it. We are encouraged by this particular use of presidential authority, including an executive order calling for a study of the federal government’s unlawful encroachment in education.
We all know that education happens at the individual level. Those closest to the student are in the best position to help students learn. But for decades the federal government has crept into education policy, with impossible No Child Left Behind requirements, grants that push unpopular teacher evaluations and the Common Core, and attempts to rule district-level decisions – frustrating students, parents and teachers alike.
Education is about the student. It’s a personal one-on-one human endeavor that parents, state and local leaders are equipped to handle – not politicians 2,000 miles away. We applaud the president’s decision to increase transparency in education. We believe it will shine a light on where the federal government went wrong and how we can return to local control. We look forward to putting power back into the hands of the people.