Ronald Reagan once said, “education is the principal responsibility of local school systems, teachers, parents, citizen boards, and State governments. By eliminating the Department of Education … we cannot only reduce the budget but ensure that local needs and preferences, rather than the wishes of Washington, determine the education of our children.”
Yet despite his wise words, the federally-controlled Department of Education has continued to control our schools with an icy grip. The freedom of parents to choose what kind of education their children receive has been denied them. Parents have virtually no say in where their kids can go to school and even less say in the kind of curriculum to which they are subjected.
This poses a serious problem to parents who are concerned over what is being taught to their children. In this day and age all sorts of topics are taught in classes, from evolution to LGBT issues. Many parents don’t want these ideas presented to their young children, often because they contradict their beliefs and traditions. Yet the government forces these ideas, without a parent’s say.
Not only that, but many children growing up in the inner city are denied options. Parents struggling to make ends meet cannot afford to put their kids in private schools. The end result is children are forced to attend overcrowded, under staffed, and unaccountable public schools. Education is put on the back burner in such places. Children that could otherwise thrive in academic environments will never know what it’s like to participate in a science experiment or enjoy a musical program.
The good news is one of LFA’s backed leaders, Rep. Thomas Massie has introduced a bill to abolish the Department of Education. This sweeping change will send the power over local schools to where it belongs, the communities and parents.
Today, Representative Thomas Massie introduced H.R. 899, a bill to abolish the federal Department of Education. The bill, which is one sentence long, states, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
On the day of Betsy DeVos’ scheduled Senate confirmation for Secretary of Education, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.” (House.gov)
This bill will transform the way our schools our run. For too long the cold, uncaring bureaucracy of Washington has held all the power. Parents and local communities had little say or choice in how their children were being taught. With the eradication of the Department of Education, the power will return to the people of America.
It will create new opportunities for families and students. From charter schools to home schooling, parents will have more viable options. Funding that would have been swallowed up by the federal machine will be freed up for more useful projects. Parents and students will be empowered like never before.
But it is still an uphill battle. There are several republican lawmakers who co-signed the bill. But there is sure to be strong resistance from liberals in D.C., who want more federal control over our schools and children.
Local citizens can do their part by notifying their congressmen and showing their support for H.R. 899.