Allow State School Plans to Proceed

With the national debt and its many related issues moving to the top of both President Barack Obama’s and Congress’ agendas, matters such as education reform probably will receive little attention next year, some analysts have said.

Good. Schemes from the White House, Congress and, worst of all, the U.S. Department of Education have not improved public schools in decades. More of the same – but with more expense for taxpayers – isn’t a good idea.

West Virginia and Ohio are among states that appear to be moving decisively toward school reform on their own. Our emphasis on the word “appear” is because this is not the first time state leaders have promised they are moving classrooms forward.

This time may be different, however.

Public education is not a federal responsibility under the Constitution. It is a duty that is supposed to be left to the states. Now, with ours and several others looking at truly promising school reform plans, the matter ought to be left in state capitals.