The future of our country - the doctors, the pilots, and the teachers - lies in our children. We must make certain that every child is in a good school and is learning the basics. The best way to do this is to transfer the focus out of Washington and put it back where it belongs - in the states and communities who know the needs of our children the best. It is proven that schools function better and children learn more when big government bureaucracies are not mandating one-sized-fits-all approaches.
The 111th Congress is expected to consider whether to change and extend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is the primary source of federal aid for K-12 education. The ESEA was first enacted in 1965, and was most recently reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The NCLB expanded federal influence into public education, with the goal of increasing accountability and improving achievement outcomes.