Obama needs to eliminate the Dept of Education

Congressman Rick Crawford State of the Union Response 2012

Uploaded by on Jan 24, 2012

Rep. Rick Crawford responds to the State of the Union address January 24, 2012

We got to start cutting now or the government will control everything and there will be no incentive to work anymore. They are trying to get more federal intervention in local schools even now.

Here is an excellent piece from the Heritage Foundation with a reaction to the president’s proposed budget:

Budget Further Grows Bureaucracy at Department of Education– Lindsey Burke

The President’s budget request includes a 3.5 percent increase (over 2012 levels) for the Department of Education – the largest increase of any domestic agency. The Department of Education, a 4,200-person agency, has enjoyed dramatic funding increases year after year in the past three decades since its creation. Unfortunately, schools and families have not enjoyed commensurate increases in student achievement. The bloated bureaucracy has layered red tape on states and school districts, and served as little more than a filing cabinet for the reams of paperwork local schools must complete to demonstrate compliance with the Department’s 151 education programs. With the release of his 2013 budget request, President Obama is proposing to further grow this “bureaucratic boondoggle” at a time when American taxpayers are calling for fiscal restraint in Washington, including restraint at the Department of Education. The budget includes a $1.7 billion increase over 2012 levels, increasing spending on programs such as Race to the Top ($850 million in new grants), and providing $80 million in federal funding for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teacher training. On the higher education front, the proposal includes $8 billion in new spending for the Community College Career Fund, a program designed to expand certification programs and job training at community colleges. The spending will be divided among the Education and Labor Departments over the next three years. Consistent with the Obama administration’s disdain for the sector, for-profit colleges will be prohibited from receiving any of the new grant money. The President’s proposal also increases the maximum Pell Grant award, and includes a significant increase in the Perkins loan program (from $1 billion to $8 billion) if the loans are reauthorized. It includes a $1 billion higher education “Race to the Top” grant to provide more federal money to traditional universities that keep costs low – a proposal outlined in the President’s State of the Union address. The move, however, will provide zero incentive for colleges to reduce costs in the long-run since, on net, federal spending on college subsidies, grants, and loans will continue to increase. In all, President Obama’s budget request increases spending at the Department of Education to $69.8 billion. It’s a continuation of the failed policies of the past, and a perennial liberal agenda that claims spending more taxpayer dollars through more and more federal programs will improve education. It hasn’t and it won’t, and this latest increase once again puts taxpayers on the hook for profligate Washington spending that grows bureaucracy while further removing parents from the education decision-making process.

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Getting parents more control in schooling involves getting Washington out of the way. Voucher programs give the parents the ultimate control and would cause public schools to put up or shut up. Instead of giving parents more control it appears this next year’s budget proposal would increase the Dept of Education in Washington and give more control to Washington. In a time that we need massive cuts in our budget at the federal budget, I can think of no other place better to cut than eliminating the Dept of Education. That is almost 70 billion dollars saved at one time!!!!

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