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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.

6 Comments


  1. Susan Kranyik

    February 8, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Says the man who hasn’t been in a public school classroom for decades. Shame on you!

  2. Becky LedBetter

    February 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    So does this mean DeVos is out of a job if the Department of Education is scrapped?

  3. Pete

    February 9, 2017 at 1:58 am

    As the father of four in public schools. I’d rather have the schools in the hands of the Moms and Dads that have kids in them than in the hands of an unconstitutional federal construct that his no interest in their welfare. Who better to safeguard my children’s education than the parents in a local school district. Stop sending money to Washington to tell us how to spend our money.

  4. Sally

    February 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I agree that much decision making is better in the state and local level. I also believe that having a federal Dept of education is needed to ensure students in all states have access to similar and basic standards in education. To completely do away with DOE is like using a chainsaw when you only need a knife.

  5. gina harrison

    February 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

    What happens to Pell Grants?
    What happens to some consistency in curricula? When military families move across the country for example, who assures some consistency between 4th grade classrooms in GA, MT, CA, and NJ?
    What happens to educational research and dissemination?
    What happens to IDEA? Who assures an appropriate education for ALL children?
    Who regulates what is served in school cafeterias?

  6. L Doss

    February 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    What are YOU doing in it then?

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