The American education system is broken. Politicians, educators and parents have debated how to reform public schools in the U.S. for the nearly 20 years, yet little to no progress has been made, says Tara Dodrill for Yahoo! News. Republicans and tea party members feel that federal control over the state education system is a constitutional travesty, according to the New York Times. The Times noted Democrats feel a federal role is necessary in fixing and punishing under achieving schools. That mindset has not worked and will never work. A common sense approach to teaching our children is long overdue.

* Total state control guided by local school officials is the first step in improving the education of American children. A one-size-fits-all approach has not achieved any true measure of academic progress. Every state and municipality faces its own unique set of challenges and attributes. What may help a struggling urban school battling gangs and drug abuse will not likely work in a rural district…

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