Commonwealth Policy Center

The federal government has incredible control over local and state policy. State governments increasingly resent control by the federal government, especially when such policies undermine their values and priorities. But when federal dollars are attached, it’s hard for states to say no. This is the case with federal education money, which comes with strings attached. Consider that the federal government is forcing local schools to affirm transgender ideology. This is one policy too far. Now, the state of Tennessee State House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) is pushing legislation to opt the state out of federal K-12 education funding in order to regain authority over their public schools. If it succeeds, Tennessee will lose around 25 percent of its funding. But funding with immoral strings attached is money wasted anyway.