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Why Even Bother? March 30, 2011

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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This brings up again the old question: Why do we even bother paying for, staffing and tolerating a U.S. Department of Education? Maybe it’s just another Jimmy Carter mistake.

“Virginia Tech will be fined $55,000 for waiting too long to provide timely warnings about a shooter on the loose during a 2007 rampage in which 32 people died, the U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday.”

Kids from around the world fight to get into a U.S. college not because the Department of Education has made our colleges great, but despite the Department. Here is Wikipedia’s summary of ED’s history:

“A previous Department of Education was created in 1867 but soon was demoted to an Office in 1868. As an agency not represented in the president’s cabinet, it quickly became a relatively minor bureau in the Department of the Interior. In 1939, the bureau was transferred to the Federal Security Agency, where it was renamed the Office of Education. In 1953, the Federal Security Agency was upgraded to cabinet-level status as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

“Upgrading Education to cabinet level status a century later in 1979 was controversial and opposed by many in the Republican Party, who saw the department as unconstitutional, arguing that the Constitution doesn’t mention education, and deemed it an unnecessary and illegal federal bureaucratic intrusion into local affairs. However many liberals and Democrats see the department as constitutional under the Commerce Clause, and that the funding role of the Department is constitutional under the Taxing and Spending Clause.”

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