The creation of the Federal Department of Education is one of the biggest travesties in the American history. The schools in the USA are run by the states. The Local Governments license their teachers, approve the curriculum programs and manage the school system including buildings equipment, transportation, and food. Every problem and every question a mother or a student has can be answered on a State level. The school system is funded by state income, sale and property taxes. Federal government just sprinkles billions of dollars on the top of the education pie to spice it up a bit.
The intrusion of the Federal government in education began when Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education as a separate cabinet seat. Ronald Reagan tried to close the new bureaucratic monstrosity, but was stopped by the democrats running the House.
There is absolutely no need for Federal Department of Education. The Feds are trying to duplicate the State Education Board’s functions and that is costing the tax-payers billions of dollars.
All presidents after Reagan kept the Education Department going. We thought George W Bush pushed our spending limits with his “No child left behind” nonsense. If we only knew what Barack Obama had in mind for the education?
The creation of The $4 billion “Race to the Top” is not the only Obama education pet project. Investing in Innovation Fund will cost us $650 million. In case you are wondering: “innovation” means finding innovating way to close the achievement gap. Teacher and Leader Pathways will take another $405 million. One of my favorite is the Teacher and Leader Innovation Fund ($950 million). It is great to recognize our teachers. There are similar State programs and schools and parents nominate good teachers for recognition every year. It is outrageous to spend $950 million borrowed from China for a duplicate program on a federal level. There is no excuse for that. Oregon just raised their income taxes to close their $733 budget deficit for education. The Oregon deficit gap is less than one of the President’s education pet projects. How long will the tax-payers tolerate such anomaly?
The states suffer in recession and Obama should be working on turning the economy around not turning around our schools. $3 billion dollars were appropriated by Obama for the School Turnaround Grants. At the same time the President cut the $3 billion NASA Constellation Systems budget ($3 billion dollars). The program was supposed to take us to the Moon and Mars.
I wonder what would bring us more innovation for $3 billion: NASA or the School Turnaround Program. You make the call.
The schools are under the State jurisdiction. States collect our taxes to run schools. It is not the Federal Government job to turn around schools. It is the Local Government job. The Feds job is to make sure the US economy gets out of the hole fast so the states can collect more revenue to turn around their schools.
The Federal Government job is to run NASA so we don’t have to beg the Russians to give our astronauts a lift to the space-station that was build with US tax-payer money in the first place.
The only schools that government should be running are the military schools and academies and those are separate under the Department of Defense not under the Department of Education. The national security is the main function of the federal government, education is not.
Originally the Education, Welfare, Health and Social Security were all part of one cabinet department. It is the source of all our economic problems today, the source of gigantic debt that the USA is drowning in. Like all Washington DC bureaucracies the agencies grew feet of their own and became separate departments. HHS, SS, DE kept growing until they are so big that they are suffocating the US economy. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security are in the red and Obama keeps growing their Education cousin.
It is time to finish what Reagan was not able to complete and close the Department of Education. The federal student aid and the special ed funds can be distributed by HHS or Department of Social Security with the other welfare programs. The rest of the activities that are not Federal Government business anyway should be cut out of the budget.
If you want to further explore possible savings from the Department of Education I made that easy for you by presenting you the Summery Budget Table by the Department of Education below.
|Fiscal Year||Recovery||Fiscal Year||FY 2011||FY 2010 – FY 2011|
|Elementary/Secondary Education (K-12)|
|Elementary and Secondary Education Act|
|Race to the Top||0||4,350,000||0||1,350,000||1,350,000||—|
|Investing in innovation||0||650,000||0||500,000||500,000||—|
|College- and career-ready students||14,492,401||10,000,000||14,492,401||14,492,401||-||0.0%|
|School Turnaround Grants||545,633||3,000,000||545,633||900,000||354,367||64.9%|
|Effective teaching and learning: literacy||0||0||0||450,000||450,000||—|
|Effective teaching and learning: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics||0||0||0||300,000||300,000||—|
|Effective teaching and learning for a well-rounded education||0||0||0||265,000||265,000||—|
|College pathways and accelerated learning||0||0||0||100,000||100,000||—|
|Effective teachers and leaders State grants||0||0||0||2,500,000||2,500,000||—|
|Teacher and leader innovation fund||0||0||0||950,000||950,000||—|
|Teacher and leader pathways||0||0||0||405,000||405,000||—|
|Expanding educational options||0||0||0||490,000||490,000||—|
|Magnet schools assistance||104,829||0||100,000||110,000||10,000||10.0%|
|Successful, safe, and healthy students||0||0||0||410,000||410,000||—|
|21st century community learning centers||1,131,166||0||1,166,166||1,166,166||-||0.0%|
|English Learner Education||730,000||0||750,000||800,000||50,000||6.7%|
|Special Education (IDEA)|
|Grants to States (Part B)||11,505,211||11,300,000||11,505,211||11,755,211||250,000||2.2%|
|Subtotal, ESEA and IDEA||37,445,231||31,150,000||37,582,916||40,905,638||3,322,722||8.8%|
|Career and Technical Education State Grants||1,160,911||0||1,160,911||1,264,000||103,089||8.9%|
|State Fiscal Stabilization Fund||0||48,600,000||0||0||-||—|
|Subtotal, Elementary/Secondary Education||38,938,534||79,820,000||39,092,790||42,358,514||3,265,724||8.4%|
|Federal Pell Grants (discretionary only)||17,288,000||15,640,000||17,495,000||0||(17,495,000)||-100.0%|
|Other Student Financial Aid||1,868,973||200,000||1,802,041||1,738,197||(63,844)||-3.5%|
|Other Postsecondary Education||1,586,339||100,000||2,078,079||1,915,479||(162,600)||-7.8%|
|Subtotal, Postsecondary Education||20,743,312||15,940,000||21,375,120||3,653,676||(17,721,444)||-82.9%|
|Research, Development and Dissemination||167,196||0||200,196||260,696||60,500||30.2%|
|Statewide Data Systems||65,000||250,000||58,250||65,000||6,750||11.6%|
|Other Programs and Activities||2,494,459||754,000||2,742,835||3,101,539||358,704||13.1%|
|TOTAL, ED Discretionary Funds||62,645,866||96,764,000||63,716,556||49,700,290||(14,016,266)||-22.0%|
|TOTAL, ED DISCRETIONARY FUND WITHOUT PELL||45,357,866||81,124,000||46,221,556||49,700,290||3,478,734||7.5%|
|Pell Grants (discretionary and mandatory)||19,378,000||17,114,000||26,988,059||34,878,000||7,889,941||29.2%|
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