What grade does the Department of Education get?

In his first State of the Union address in 1982 Ronald Reagan said, “The budget plan I submit to you on Feb. 8 will realize major savings by dismantling the Department of Education.” Under George W Bush the Department of Education’s (DOE) budget more than doubled. One can question the constitutional authority of the federal government to control what is happening in your kid’s kindergarten class. For me, it is just another example of out of control spending with no accountability. Pull the plug, the department gets an F.

The “No Child Left Behind Act”, championed by George W Bush and Ted Kennedy, was to bring “reform” to education. Lookout when the government promises “reform”! Reform means more complex programs, more money wasted, less efficiencies, and no accountability. I laugh when I see the federal government take credit when test scores get better.

The DOE has over 4000 employees that do not teach a single kid. In the 2010 budget they ask for 157 additional employees at a cost of $20.6 million. This is $131,000 per bureaucrat.

The DOE does not mean  more education, just more administration. It’s budget is filled with billions of dollars ready to be dolled out to schools willing to follow the company line. School administrators spend much of their time writing grants to compete for all that money. Over a billion dollars is budgeted for reading. Can somebody tell me how that money will help any current student read better?

The recent murder of a Chicago honor student caught on video tape illustrates how the government deals with problems. The DOE Director came to Chicago and gave the school $500,000. Add to that the cost of travel and lunch at a 5 star hotel and the total bill for taxpayers was even more. The government solution for everything is to throw money at it.

Success in schools begin with caring parents. The hope for public schools is with good teachers. The DOE needs to be expelled.

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