I do think the federal government needs to be involved in education. The state a person grows up in is beyond their control, and when their state isn't working hard enough to ensure a quality education, that signifies and unequal chance at succeeding in life. The federal government needs to ensure that all children, no matter what part of the country they live in, receive the best education possible.
Yes, the federal government should be involved in education to prevent occurrences such as the one in Alabama from happening in other places. It is important for the workforce in America to be educated. If the federal government gets involved in education, this could make the states do better in that arena.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. We've had years of the federal government controlling education from the top down. This hasn't worked. In the end, the federal government should give states more authority to control their own education standards. This is how the country was supposed to work.
It appears that the more the educational system evolves, which includes the involvement of the government, the more we fail in truly educating the individual.
The ole school marm of the 1800s and the parents of the children that instilled the need and the wish to become educated has somehow turned into a fiasco under the authorities of the government.
The entire structure of education has crumbled and this is the reason why so many people do not succeed in many skills necessary to lead a more prosperous life.