If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to quickly end all federal mandates on state and local schools, discontinue Common Core and all other Department of Education programs, close the DOE, and cut taxes by the amount saved.
Why we should localize education
- Today’s centrally planned education handed down by the federal Department of Education (D.O.E.) drives up the cost of schools and property taxes while worsening educational outcomes.
- The D.O.E. drowns teachers in red tape, forcing them to spend, on average, two hours every day jumping through bureaucratic hoops — time they could spend helping kids learn.
- The federal D.O.E. contributes 11 cents of every dollar spent on local schools but imposes 15 cents in strings attached.
- State and local taxpayers are forced to fund the difference, largely in higher property taxes that drive up rent and the cost of owing a home.
- Since the D.O.E. began operating in 1980, the per pupil cost of public schooling has risen dramatically.
- Since the D.O.E. began operating, graduation rates and functional literacy rates in the U.S. have remained low or fallen.
- Since the D.O.E. began operating, American students have fallen behind over a dozen other countries in average scholastic aptitude testing.
- After a decade of implementing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the D.O.E. flunked a test set by its own standards. The Center on Education Policy reported that in 2011, 48 percent of U.S. schools did not meet academic standards set by NCLB.
- One-size-fits-all schooling ignores the great diversity of individual educational needs and methods that suit each child.
- Teachers, parents and local communities know and love their children and have the greatest stake in their receiving a quality education.
- Localizing education will free teachers to teach as they know best and to provide kids with the education they need for a bright future.