Well put. Funding with strings attached is a problem with our local schools, particularly the school lunch program. The school lunches are limited as to how much protein they can feed the kids each week so that they don't lose federal funding for lunch programs for low income families- total BS.
I might add that local control of schools in terms of cirriculum doesn't mean you don't have private accreditation companies rating school performance or compliance. Schools in a system with more local cotrol can do what they want, but they could lose a desired accreditation company's stamp of approval, which would mean lower enrollment and less revenue for the school.
The founders would be ashamed at us for what we are putting up with.