The State Role in K–12 Education: From Issuing Mandates to Experimentation

July 2016

In December 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, rolling back many components of No Child Left Behind and giving states more autonomy over public education. Betheny Gross and Paul Hill situate this development within the arc of public education policy and discuss how greater state autonomy can and should illustrate democratic experimentalism. To ensure that states capitalize on this opportunity and mitigate the risks of deregulation, Gross and Hill urge continued transparency and state focus on student achievement.

Read the article in the Harvard Law and Policy Review.