When Washington sends money to Guilford County to improve schools and educational outcomes, it shouldn’t be able to place lock-tight restrictions on how our administrators can use those funds. After all, leaders in our community know best the needs of the students and schools they serve, not bureaucrats behind desks in D.C. This is the idea behind the A-PLUS Act, legislation that I introduced this month. This bill would empower parents, teachers and local administrators to better address the needs of students and schools in their communities. The A-PLUS Act gives local school systems the option to decline participation in the prescriptive and onerous requirements of federal education programs and focus that funding on solutions that meet their community needs. All without cutting a dollar of their federal funding. Simply put, this legislation would allow Guilford County Schools to spend federal dollars on rebuilding, repairs, teacher pay, or supplies, rather than compliance burdens.