Just like in other areas of public debate, education is facing new pressure from the federal government. From over testing, to excessive data collection, teachers and parents are frustrated with how their children are being treated. I believe that we need to give the power to educate into the hands of parents where it belongs. A parent should be able to decide what is best for their child’s future and not be mandated or tied down by the strings that come from easy federal grants. In an effort to “balance” our state budget, state leaders have forced teachers and school administrators to chase federal grants to make ends meet instead of letting them focus on educating our children. I believe that we need true local control of education and that starts at the dinner table at home.