Cutting Government Waste

Oct 3, 2017

Two Republican Representatives have co-sponsored a bill to shut down the Department of Education by the end of 2018. The legislation is remarkable for its brevity. It contains one sentence. “The Department of Education Shall Terminate on December 31. 2018.” According to the bill’s author, Representative Massie, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.” The legislation gained the support of Representative Todd Rokita, who is the current chairman of the House subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. “Ultimately, our goals should still be to limit the federal government to only those duties enumerated within the Constitution, so it is right to continue to take steps in that direction,” said Rokita. Federal bureaucrats cannot possibly know what local schools, parents, and students need. Keeping the federal government out of education would strengthen local control and produce better educated students.