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Improving Education: Lessons from the States

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Publication Date: September 1988

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

Author(s): Jeanne A. Allen

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: Education

Type: Report


The federal government can learn from examples of creative federalism and it can help promote them. But the federal government often stands in the way of giving parents choice in education. Often federal money is encumbered with many restrictions. Congress must ease these restrictions, giving states and localities the freedom, the information, and the incentive to experiment with forms based on greater parental choice. This may be the most effective way for Washington to help arrest the decline of American education.