Department Of Education Might Get Abolished After This

( “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2023.”

This Thursday, the Republican representative for Kentucky’s 2nd congressional district submitted an absurdly short bill.

Thomas Massie seeks to eliminate a government agency with just that single sentence. It will likely require more than that.

Massie stated that unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., should not be in control of our children’s intellectual and moral growth. That is why he is seeking to abolish the DOE.

He said the curriculum should be tailored to the specific demands of each state and community, not federally.

Congress just passed the federal government’s budget, totaling $1.7 trillion; the Education Department’s share was $79.6 billion. Around $30 billion will go into higher education and federal student assistance financing, including loans and Pell Grants, while the remaining $45 billion will go toward K-12 programs, with the bulk going toward grants for low-income communities and special-education programs.

To achieve the fiscal reductions sought by Republicans, the department would have to be abolished, or its activities moved to another agency.

Removing a department could result in savings to the federal government if some or all of the programs run by that department were likewise canceled, the Congressional Budget Office noted in a 2012 study.

Massie isn’t the only Republican to push for this; in 2015, the presidential candidate from Florida, Senator Marco Rubio, said during a town hall that he didn’t think we needed a Department of Education” and suggested that responsibility for the student-loan program be given to another agency. Trump also said in 2015 that he would abolish the agency or drastically reduce its budget.

The Republican Party’s opposition to the department dates back to its early days. Massie’s press release recalled that Reagan’s campaign to abolish the Energy and Education Departments began just one year after the department was established in 1980. Reagan declared that “education is the principal responsibility of local school systems, teachers, parents, citizen boards, and State governments.”

Reagan said that we could lower the budget and ensure that local needs and preferences rather than the wants of Washington.

Reagan’s attempts failed since both departments are now functioning at full capacity, and millions of people depend on the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid Office to provide federal student loans and grants.