As the fed­eral government’s role in K-​​12 edu­ca­tion has grown, so has the debate over whether, when and how it should inter­vene in what has tra­di­tion­ally been a state and local gov­ern­mental responsibility.

And, at what age should the gov­ern­ment begin taking an interest in the devel­op­ment of its youngest citizens?

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