To Improve Education, Give States Flexibility with Federal Funding

Lindsey Burke /

Nearly a half-century ago, Washington took a deep dive into education policy, increasing federal intervention in local schools. The idea at the time was to improve outcomes through compensatory education—spending federal dollars through federal programs—in an attempt to narrow the achievement gap between low- and upper-income children. This intervention began in 1965 with President Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (more…)