NC Congressman co-sponsors bill to scrap the US Department of Education

On the same day the U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy Devos to serve as President Trump’s Education Secretary, a group of Republican Congressmen introduced legislation to do away with the entire Education Department.

H.R.899 – simply titled To terminate the Department of Education – was introduced by Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie and lists Congressman Walter Jones (NC-3) among the seven original co-sponsors.

In a press release issued by Rep. Massie’s office, Jones explains:

“For years, I have advocated returning education policy to where it belongs – the state and local level,” said Rep. Walter Jones.  “D.C. bureaucrats cannot begin to understand the needs of schools and its students on an individual basis. It is time that we get the feds out of the classroom, and terminate the Department of Education.”

Other conservatives signing onto the bill include Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).

If Congress and President Trump embrace the legislation,  the federal education department would be terminated on December 31, 2018.

For now, the bill introduced on Tuesday has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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