QUICK WORK: GOP Lawmaker Proposes Abolishing Dept of Education Hours After DeVos Confirmation
GOP Rep Thomas Massie Moves To Abolish Department Of Education
Just hours after Betsy DeVos narrowly squeaked through confirmation and became the Secretary of Education, a GOP lawmaker introduced legislation to abolish the Department of Education.
Hailing from Kentucky, GOP Rep. Thomas Massie submitted a bill a mere one-page long, and with only one purpose – to dismantle the Department of Education, effective December 31, 2018. Massie believes education should be handled at the state and local level, rather than being overseen by the federal government. And, empowered by the selection of a woefully unprepared Secretary of Education, one who has spent her entire adulthood attempting to dismantle public education, Massie submitted his bill today.
Massie released the following statement:
“Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students.”
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 7, 2017
So far, seven other lawmakers – all Republicans – have signed onto Massie’s bill to abolish the Department of Education. They are House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Raúl Labrador (Idaho), according to the Hill.
“I’ve always been a proponent of empowering parents, teachers and local school boards who best know our children and their needs. Eliminating the U.S. Department of Education is the most important step we in Congress can take in returning decision making to the local level,” said supporter and original co-sponser Rep. Labrador.
Doing so could have disastrous consequences for American children.
Eliminating the Department of Education, and relegating education to state and local levels, is another way to skew education in favor of the rich, while disproportionately impacting the poor. After all, states with more money would likely invest more in their education systems. Poorer states, however, would struggle to fund even basic needs. And such federal laws as IDEA, which guarantees disabled children access to a public education,would no longer be funded at the federal level, if the Department of Education is abolished. Because of that, poor states would most likely struggle to meet the needs of those students.
Perhaps ironically, Kentucky, the state which Rep. Massie represents, ranks 47th in terms of poverty. It also ranks 47th in educational attainment. Massie has become yet another GOP lawmaker who is willing to hurt his own constituents in pursuit of an ideology, rather than working solutions.
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