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Op-ed column: Education impasse

Neither candidate or party has answers to school problems

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The Founding Fathers were wary of giving their new federal government too much power. Education, for example, isn’t mentioned in the Constitution. History teachers and textbooks have cited it for generations as the classic example of territory that doesn’t belong to the federal government. This, of course, makes it difficult to explain how there’s a secretary of education. We sidestep this awkwardness by making federal education programs voluntary, as in, “You don’t have to cooperate, ...

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