Education Minister Leighton Andrews announced a review of education services in Wales on 20 November 2012.
The review, originally scheduled for 2013, will look at what should be undertaken at school, local authority, regional and national level.
"I have given local authorities time and money to get their house in order but the evidence is overwhelming that this has not occurred," explained Mr Andrews.
"I am no longer prepared to wait until 2013."
Whilst he welcomed the review, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Aled Roberts questioned the immediate timing and warned against "running into it" as he stressed the need to "properly address the issues".
Conservative AM Angela Burns attacked the decision as she described the minister's statement as "extraordinary and astonishing".
"I can't express my level of scorn," she said of the decision to remove power from local authorities.
"Do we honestly think that centralisation is the best course of action?"
Speaking on behalf of Plaid Cymru, Simon Thomas AM questioned whether there was a need for legislation as the standards bill stressed the need to deliver on a local level, which contradicted the minister's statement in the chamber.
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