During a speech at the grand opening of his Iowa campaign headquarters last Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appealed to local control.
“Going forward I believe in high standards, but I think those standards should be set at the local level – no Common Core, no nationwide school board. We need to take money and power out of Washington and send it back to our states and back to our schools where it is more effective, more efficient, and more accountable to the American taxpayers out there,” Walker said.
His statement begs the question — would a President Scott Walker sign either the U.S. House or U.S. Senate version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? If he does not support a nationwide school board, certainly he would want to end a federal mandate on testing, which neither bill does. It also seems that he would support Title I portability, which neither bill accomplishes as well.
Shane Vander Hart is the online communications manager for American Principles in Action, a frequent contributor to TruthInAmericanEducation.com, and the editor of Iowa-based CaffeinatedThoughts.com.