Education is a key that can open the door to opportunity -- which is important to families across America. But federal mandates -- and hiring more Washington bureaucrats -- won't cure what ails our public schools. Right now, working families in North Carolina send tax money to Washington, then the Department of Education keeps part of the money and sends part back to North Carolina. Why not just keep the money in North Carolina where it can be spent more effectively? Our local school districts are the best stewards of local tax dollars and giving them the flexibility to spend those dollars as they see fit will benefit our students more than Washington's unfunded mandates.