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Reforming No Child Left Behind by Allowing States to Opt Out: An A-PLUS for Federalism

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Publication Date: June 2007

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

Author(s): Dan Lips

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Education (Education financing, facilities, and equipment)

Keywords: Education; A-Plus Act; charter state option; federal education programs

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


By restoring greater state control of education, the A-PLUS Act would allow states to end inefficient and ineffective federal programs, reallocate funds toward state-directed initiatives to improve student learning, and reduce spending on administrative costs and bureaucracy. State policymakers, with greater input from parents and other stakeholders, could take responsibility for strengthening public education in local communities.