Let's talk sense folks; there are few things that can more reasonably be standardized across the entire country than basic education. Basic competency in reading, writing, and arithmetic (for a few examples) are NOT any different in Mississippi than they are Minnesota. Anyone who tries to pretend that they are is probably seeking to justify their own performance rather than make a serious argument that these skills differ on a state-by-state basis. Basic competencies for teachers to teach these subjects (which is what this bill is about: teacher preparation, not student performance per se) are also the same everywhere. All this talk of "one-size-fits-all" is good rhetoric, but it's just not applicable here. This isn't noise regulations, or zoning, or taxation, or even criminal laws that in many cases ARE properly left to state or local governments; this is quite possibly the most universal thing the government participates in. And since the federal government shells out billions of dollars annually to the states, they have a right to demand accountability with respect to that money being spent effectively. That's what this bill is about; establishing basic standards for teacher preparation programs in order for them to eligible for certain types of federal funds.