Federal control over our nation’s education imposes needless regulatory requirements, and associated funding could otherwise be used at the local level to further our children’s education. It also stifles innovation by imposing homogeneity among education programs in all 50 states. Moreover, citizens at the state and local have the most information about the specific problems affecting their school systems and are most able to quickly fix problems.
Therefore, I would eliminate the Federal Department of Education and allow education to be run by state and local governments without interference from the federal government. Throwing more money at education at the federal level will not make our education system any better; our focus should be on reviewing what has worked and what hasn’t worked and striving for maximum results. Having 50 laboratories of innovation in education will enable information sharing between higher-performing states and lower-performing states in an effort to achieve the highest scores possible.