Matt Yglesias makes a very good point (and dons a beret at the end).
Why “less federal intervention in education?” Because the NEA doesn’t like No Child Left Behind and in order to make common cause with conservative NCLB critics they’ve decreed that liberals should start pretending to believe in federalism?
…The federalism critique of the Bush education policy is, perhaps, good politics. If so, then fair enough. But it has no place in liberalism.
Whole post very worth reading.