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Commentary By Ray Domanico

Localism and Trust in Schools

Education Pre K-12

Our nation's schools are emerging from the pandemic years facing not only profound learning loss in students, but a political environment characterized by mistrust and anxiety about the focus of education and the proper balance between professional prerogatives and family values.

The discord between parents and schools that we have witnessed in recent years can be traced to the ongoing movement away from local control and toward stronger state and federal involvement in K-12 education. A robust debate is underway, but the continued embrace of national and state-level policy responses will only further damage the critical local relationships and pluralism that are so necessary for schools in all of the different sectors — public, charter, private, and religious — to succeed.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the National Affairs


Ray Domanico is a senior fellow and director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute. 

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