Education has traditionally been a matter reserved for states and localities. The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of education. The Founders did not see the federal government playing a role in education. In that sense, it is the area of government most aligned with the principle of federalism and the idea that local officials are in a best position to make local decisions and in a way in which they are held accountable to the local electorate. Unfortunately, with the No Child Left Behind Act and the recent involvement in the implementation of the Common Core Standards, the federal government overstepped its bounds in education policy.
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