With all the articles in the papers about the schools, it would be a good time for all the teachers, teachers unions, school trustees, school administrators and everyone else who would like to have better schools to understand that there is a way. One of the ways is to do away with the U.S. Department of Education.
It has a budget of $77.4 billion. That’s billion. The department teaches no children, builds no schools, nor fixes any roofs on those schools. All it does is try to make one plan that fits all. Everything it has tried has had negative results, then it blackmails the states to act right now. It doesn’t send the money to make it work, it has the states cut their own budgets to make it work.
A better way is to close the U.S. Department of Education and send the money to the states, who can do a better job with their schools, since a one-size-fits-all plan does not work. When you divide $77.4 billion by 50, each state would receive $154 million.
Just think what you could do with $154 million – and that is every year.
Leonard M. Nichols