Federal spending on education has increased over 44% in the last ten years from $53 Billion to $95 Billion last year. Obama’s new budget proposes another spending (investment) increase of 7.6% for 2012. Prior to the formation of the Dept. of Education under Jimmy Carter in 1979, Stanford President, Richard L. Lyman testified,
“We do not want the kind of education system that such arrangements produce.”
The Cato Institute’s ‘Handbook for Congress‘, policy recommendations for education 4 years ago were simply:
- Abolish the Department of Education
- Return education to the state, local, or family level, as provided by the Constitution.
From beginning to end the Constitution never mentions the word ‘education’.
According to Cato report, contemporary editorials in both the New York Times and the Washington Post acknowledged that the creation of the department was mainly in response to pressure from the NEA (the labor union committed to advancing the cause of public education) representing teachers, secretaries and educational support personnel. The Dept. of Education has done nothing to further education for students. It’s just a huge monolithic bureaucracy and a black hole for money.
In the proposed budget, the President wants a major funding increase in the coming year to sustain Pell grants for needy college students and more increases to finance his reform agenda for public schools. One of the reasons the cost of college has accelerated so much is because government grants keep going up with taxpayers on the hook for student loan defaults -not the colleges or the students, encouraging colleges to push tuition skyward.
Now that the government has taken over student loans (like the money-sucking Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) we can rest assured knowing that investment will be well spent-ha!
Abolish the federal DOE and save over a $HUNDRED BILLION!