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Note that Super Ed-Flex would not abolish any federal programs. In fact, most states would probably continue receiving their dollars from Washington the old way. But Super Ed-Flex does set the stage for some states to experiment and show what can be achieved by doing things differently. As in the early days of welfare reform, it offers change-minded governors the freedom to innovate, and insists on results. It could thus pave the way for a change in federal education policy as dramatic as the 1996 federal welfare reform.
Chester E. Finn Jr. is John M. Olin fellow at the Manhattan Institute and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Nina Shokraii Rees is an education policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation.
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