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Should public education be federally regulated?

Arguments for[]

Arguments against[]

  • Education is not an enumerated power under Article I Section 8. Amendment X specifies that all powers not enumerated in the Constitution belong to "the States respectively, or to the people."
  • Congress is able to get around said Constitutional restriction by forcing state legislatures to pass state education legislation written by Federal officers, with the open threat of withdrawing federal funding if they do not.
  • Decisions being made at a national level are less likely to reflect the will of the local people and more likely to introduce unnecessary bureaucracy.
  • Decisions made at a state level are decisions that local citizens can protest, demonstrate against, and/or participate in. Most citizens are not able to take a trip to D.C. to become involved with education issues.