Add businessman and GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain to the list of influential republican opponents of the federal control of education policy. Writes Shane Vander Hart:
I thought I’d give Herman Cain some props for a state he made in the Fox News/Iowa GOP debate in Ames, IA. Education wasn’t really discussed much until the very end. Herman Cain at the end of tonight’s debate was asked about No Child Left Behind. He said that he would not extend it, and that education belongs at the local level, and that the “Federal government should be out of the business of micromanaging education.”
I totally agree.
Vander Hart is a widely read conservative writer.
The addition of Cain to the list of GOP presidential candidates (Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann share Cain’s view) whom oppose NCLB is significant. It further demonstrates the growing awareness among conservatives that a quickly crumbling NCLB and the Obama-Duncan Race to the Top are extensions of federal power and control.
What this means for Jeb Bush’s continued support for NCLB remains to be seen. His curious intervention into the hyper-conservative American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) position on Common Core Standards is at odds with Cain’s “federal micromanagement.”