A Lesson in Waste: Where Does All the Federal Education Money Go?

As federal control over education has increased since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, overall per pupil funding has tripled without any improvement in national academic performance. States face pressure to adhere to federal regulations instead of rejecting billions in funding, which the federal government took from the state’s taxpayers in the first place. Beyond merely being poorly directed and ineffective, such extensive federal funding of education oversteps the boundaries set by the Constitution. The federal government should return control of education to parents, local government, and the states.

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