Republican presidential candidates want to abolish the Department of Education

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Repeal of the oath will affect the administration of federal education grants, student loans, and how it enforces student civil rights protections.

Republicans who have either officially announced their bids for president or are rumored to be considering jumping into the race have all said they want to eliminate the Department of Education in a move that would have sweeping implications for the distribution of federal education grants, student loans, and how student civil rights protections are enforced.

previous president Donald TrumpFormer Governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haleyand age. Tim Scott (R-SC), who have either announce their presidential bids or Launched The Presidential Exploratory Committees, they all said they wanted to eliminate the Federal District. Former Vice President Mike PenceFlorida. Ron DeSantisand former foreign minister Mike Pompeowho have not yet announced their nominations but are Widely mentioned He is He thinks Tenders also called for the department to be closed.

Important jobs for the Department of Education include determining how to allocate tens of billions of dollars in grants to fund K-12 schools across the country; distributing federal student loans and Pell grants to low-income students; And, as stated on their site websiteProhibiting Discrimination and Ensuring Equal Access to Education.

The Department of Education is responsible for distributing the $45 billion appropriated by Congress for fiscal year 2023 to K-12 schools, according To the summary of the current federal budget of $1.7 trillion. This includes $15.5 billion for special education programs and $18.4 billion in grants under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is the department’s website. He says Going to “schools with large numbers or high proportions of children from low-income families”.

Some of the 2024 GOP presidential contenders have been calling for the abolition of the Cabinet Department for years.

DeSantis Tell The Palm Coast Observer said in 2012 that the tasks of the Department of Education should be performed by a state agency, not a federal one. Five years later, during a town hall event at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida in 2017, DeSantis He said“Washington should not dictate your education.”

DeSantis said, as members of the audience jeered. “So what we want to do is give that power back to the communities. Let them do it.”

Politico mentioned In 2015, when he was running for president, Trump said he would consider abolishing the Department of Education.

“I think Common Core is so bad. I think we should … educate our kids from Iowa, from New Hampshire, from South Carolina, from California, from New York. And I think it should be homegrown education,” Trump told the Fox News host. Then Chris Wallace.

When he was running for vice president alongside Trump, Pence said he also wanted to abolish the Department of Education.

“Education is a state and local job that should be controlled by parents, educators, and administrators here in Phoenix, Arizona, not in Washington, D.C.,” Pence said. He said At City Hall in Arizona. “It’s not a new idea to me.”

And Scott, who announced Wednesday that he is exploring a presidential run, He said During a “rally” organized by right-wing blogger RedState in New Orleans in 2013: “The federal government has absolutely no role in our education system whatsoever. So let’s get them out and let’s abolish the Department of Education.”

Other potential contenders have said the same thing recently.

in january, Requested By Libertarian Commentator John Stoessel, “Should America Abolish the Department of Education?” Pompeo replied, “Yeah, you should get rid of him.”

Haley has recently made several comments targeting the Department of Education, saying in March that the agency “heavy weightAnd in AprilHard to find any goodAn agency that sets federal education policy.

However, it is unlikely that an entire ministerial agency will ever be or will be wiped out.

Politico mentioned In 2015, no Cabinet division has been wiped out in American history.

Abolishing any agency would require a version of Congress, which currently stands divided and struggles to pass bills as important as state funding, let alone something as controversial as repealing an entire administration.

Republicans say they want to shut down the Education Department since Congress created it in 1979 But was not able to do so.

In 1980, former President Ronald Reagan Pledge To abolish it, by saying: “Education is the primary responsibility of local school systems, teachers, parents, citizens’ councils, and state governments.”

“Education is the primary responsibility of local school systems, teachers, parents, citizen councils, and state governments,” Reagan He said In a 1981 speech.

However, the Ministry of Education is still standing.

Published with permission from the American Independent Foundation.