The Corner

Dueling Headlines, Both Wrong

Slate on the DeVos nomination: “How Trump Could Gut Public Education”

The Weekly Standard: “Trump’s Administration Can Dramatically Improve American Education”

The power of the federal government to change what goes on in America’s classrooms is in reality quite limited. It can’t vastly improve it, and it can’t terribly degrade it, because it’s not the main funding source for our public schools and that fact limits its practical regulatory power. I think that’s a very good thing.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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