Carly Fiorina, a stalwart critic of Hillary Clinton, is now taking aim at the Democratic front-runner's agenda on education.

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard railed against Clinton for espousing educational policies that "protect the status quo and stamp out choice" in an op-ed for the Iowa Republican published Wednesday.

"[Clinton] chose to talk about equal opportunity in front of a school, and yet did not once mention the most important engine of equality: a world-class K-12 education," Fiorina wrote in reference to Clinton's recent economic speech at a progressive university in New York City.

According to Fiorina, Clinton and her liberal cohorts believe the primary education system in the U.S. cannot be held responsible for "failing low-income students and exacerbating inequality."

"[Clinton] believes students either have potential – or they don't. And out schools are not to blame when poor students from broken homes don't graduate," she writes.

Like most conservatives, Fiorina opposes the federally-backed education standards introduced in Common Core. She adamantly disagrees with efforts to increase government' control of education and endorses programs like school choice that expand the number of educational options available to families and, she argues, incentivize public schools to improve.

"As in any other industry, choice and competition produce better quality," Fiorina writes.

Discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education have swelled since 2013 under the Obama administration since 2013. According to DOE budget records, the Administration requested that $68.6 billion be earmarked for the federal agency in FY 2015 which was almost $3 billion more than in 2013.

Fiorina describes the administration's penchant for additional spending on education as pedestrian and ineffective solution.

"We've poured more and more money into the Department of Education over the last 40 years and have seen the quality of education stagnate and decline," she writes.

Instead, the only female in the GOP field of candidates says we need to "arm our students with 21st century skills."

"You do that by empowering great teachers with the ability and flexibility to teach the things our students need: risk-taking, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation," she writes.

In her column, Fiorina accuses Democrats of standing in the way of the "commonsense measures" House Republicans have proposed as Congress considers reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act – a law signed by President George W. Bush in 2001 that established mandatory annual testing for schoolchildren while enabling states to create their own achievement standards.

According to Fiorina, the House's rewrite of the law returns decision-making power to parents and students by "allowing them to opt out of federal testing requirements."

"Republicans in the House … have gone farther in their efforts to reform the system and promote equal opportunity [by] passing a version of the bill that allow low-income students to transfer federal dollars between school districts," she writes.

Last week, the Senate passed a more moderately revised version of the law which GOP presidential candidates and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voted against. As previously reported by the Washington Examiner, the Senate version failed to include any support for the expansion of school choice programs.

The congressional debate over NCLB is a powerful invitation for Americans to "communicate with the professional political class in Washington," according to Fiorina.

"We know what works at home and in schools because we've been there," she writes. "We must wrest control back from the federal government and return it to where it belongs: in the hands of parents and communities who work hard everyday to make sure that every child has the opportunity to strive for more."