In many ways, the US system of K–12 education looks to be a case study in the strengths and weaknesses of having a federalist system of governance and finance. Decisions about education are made at all levels of government. And views on the balance of decision making have changed over time. The question that we need to ask is whether the structure has worked in the sense of delivering educational outcomes that meet societal needs.
Some Evolving Issues in K–12 Education
Michael J. Boskin
American Federalism Today: Perspectives on Political and Economic Governance