ABOLISH THE U.S. DEPTARTMENT OF EDUCATION
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
April 18, 2011
[Note: There has been a great deal on talk radio recently about how to reduce the federal budget. One suggestion that repeatedly has been mentioned is that we could eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. Below is an article I wrote on that subject in 1999. It went over the Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service wires and is still relevant today.]
Congress has been debating “Ed Flex” legislation regarding how much federal direction should be given funds for education being sent back to the states. A member of a large city-county school system’s board of education has said “we need all the federal dollars we can get.”
But it’s not the federal government’s money—it’s ours. And if you really want more money for education across the nation, then we shouldn’t be sending these tax dollars to the feds in the first place.