Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduced a bill (HR 899) Tuesday to abolish the Department of Education, Rare reports.
The bill contains just one sentence: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
“Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn,” Massie’s press release said.
“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. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school,” Massie continued.
The list of co-sponsors include Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).
North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones was optimistic about the bill, saying, “For years, I have advocated returning education policy to where it belongs – the state and local level.”
“D.C. bureaucrats cannot begin to understand the needs of schools and its students on an individual basis. It is time that we get the feds out of the classroom, and terminate the Department of Education,” Jones concluded.
The Department of Education was established in 1980 under the Carter administration.