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The Charter State Option: Charting a Course Toward Federalism in Education

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Publication Date: December 2006

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Dan Lips; Evan Feinberg; Jennifer A. Marshall

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: Education; federalism

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Congress should embrace a charter state option, allowing states to choose between the status quo and an alternative contractual arrangement with the federal government. Under a charter contract, elected state officials would have broad authority to consolidate and refocus their federal funds on state initiatives in exchange for monitoring and reporting academic progress.