While I don't see this legislation as being a "fix all" solution for our issues in education, I can identify that sometimes great steps must be taken to raise the bar. States must be the implementors of great education for a number of reasons. It helps their economies and reputations to have educated and thoughtful labor, it makes their state an attractive place to live, and it helps secure the future of their state. But so far state efforts have not been effective. The federal government needs to uphold standards that individual states can't be trusted to meet on their own. Federal standards create a baseline, and if states really want to improve their schools, they should be able to meet and even exceed them easily.