standars, and security measures and require universal acces for people wit disabilities?
*should the federal government be able to insist that states spend their revenue on specific programs or should that decision be left for the states to decide?
*what if federal tax money does not cover the cost of these programs and state tax money must be used to fund them?
*is the violation of the state rights or a neccesary bi-product of having centralized national governemnt
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Regulating education is not the proper function of the government. There will always be differences in education, in services, in individual abilities. Attempting to impose the same "level" across the board will lead further to deterioration of education and define the "federal" standard by the lowest common denominator, and allow the government to dictate "standards" as to curriculum content. Already the public system has become little more than a preparatory for students to pass MCAS. All this introduces is more layers of bureaucracy, wastes tax money, and most importantly, disservices the students, all in the name of "fairness" and in "improving" our schools. Well, the schools may find improvement on paper relative to federal standards; it does little to teach a kid how to think!
When our Constitution was drafted education was left to the local school boards and not controlled by the Federal government. This was done in order for each community to have control of what was going on in its schools. Our founding fathers felt that it was important for schools to be controlled locally. What has changed since then? The federal government has all ready inserted itself into control of local education with things such as NCLB, I forsee much more federal control of local districts in the future!
Overall, having all the states have similar education laws is important because it seems to me that all Americans have the right to get the same quality of education. You shouldn't be doomed to a bad education just because you live in some particular state.
As long as the federal government is giving the money, they have the right to dictate how it is used. As a matter of policy (rather than rights) it may be better to just say that they states have to achieve some certain goals and then let them decide how.
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