The same day Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the secretary of education, one Republican congressman introduced legislation seeking to eliminate the Department of Education altogether.
Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only one page long and states, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
In a statement released by the Kentucky Republican, he explained the need for bill and argued education be determined on a local level.
“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,” Massie said in a statement.
“Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school,” the statement added.
Rep. Walter Jones,R-N.C., sponsored 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 added.
Former President Jimmy Carter established the Department of Education in 1980, much to the consternation of Republicans.
Devos was confirmed as the new Department of Education head by a historically low margin, 51-50.
Two Republicans voted against Devos, noting their respective offices received thousands of calls pleading to oppose the nomination.
Vice President Mike Pence was the deciding vote needed to confirm Devos. He is the first vice president in history to break a tie on a Cabinet nominee.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) February 7, 2017
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