Common Core standards undermine “competitive federalism,” writes Bill Evers in Against the Common Core.
Competitive federalism is horizontal competition among jurisdictions. . . . Economist Caroline Hoxby studied metropolitan areas with many school districts (like Boston) vs. metropolitan areas contained within one large district (like Miami or Los Angeles). She found that student performance is better in areas with competing multiple districts, where parents at the same income level can move—at the margin—from one locality to another nearby, in search of a better education for their children. We have seen competitive federalism work in education at the inter-state level. Back in the 1950s, Mississippi and North Carolina were at the same low level. Over the years, North Carolina tried a number of educational experiments and moved well ahead of Mississippi.
“National standards and tests will change curriculum content, homogenize what is taught, and profoundly alter the structure of American K-12 public education,” he concludes.