For twenty-three years, I have been a parent, coach, school board member/president and Director of the Missouri School Board Association and have strong opinions on what is right and what is wrong with education. Those opinions all circle around two words - Local Control. The farther away control of an element of education is from the local school system the worse it is for the students. Using federal and state incentives to control local school districts over the last forty years has proven disastrous. We went from leading the world in education to an also ran. I have no confidence someone in Washington D.C. or Jefferson City can educate or run a school better than the local teachers, administrators or school boards.