Take Representative Steve Sclaise of Louisiana for instance. He writes in a Fox news piece: Over the past half century, the federal government has proven that a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to education is ineffective. During that time, the federal government has spent more than $2 trillion on education, and spending per student has nearly tripled since the 1970s.
Unfortunately, this increase in federal spending coupled with the expansion of the Department of Education have yielded largely stagnant results in math, reading, and graduation rates.
Additionally, achievement gaps among minority and low-income students continue to be a problem.