I believe I'll write to Patrick McHenry and have him hook up with Mrs Foxx but sugest that instead of the A-Plus act, they attack the federal department of education and return full power to every state. I have always felt that the DOE was a huge overstretch of federal power into the state and local governments jurisdictions.
I have a feeling that wont go over too well with the vast majority of congress even if it weren't in big government liberal hands. We might be better off simply getting the Federal money and stuff packaged together in a way in which it will be easier for State legislators to nully.
I really don't think, congress is going to be all that eager to give up this power.
Control over education is really too politically important to them. Particular the ones that don't do so well in the legitimate areas of federal authority such as National Defense. if they cant run on some how improving education and other social domestic issues, then they may not be able to win their office again.
So while i fully agree with you James in principle and would ideally want that, I don't think congress even under republicans will ever give it to us. It therefore may be wise to uses less direct means of simply maneuvering them into a position where they modify the bill as to make it easier for our states to nully it.
As long as they don't think their giving up the power, they can be more "agreeable".
Ultimately however federal education funding has to stop all together, and the states are going to have to pick up all the cost themselves.