Giving Education Back to Local Communities

With the ever-growing national debt and out-of-control spending, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the country we leave for our children and grandchildren. We are saddling them with astronomical debt, which means a very different America than the one you or I have grown up with.

Aside from reining in government, there is one other thing we can do for our children: provide them a good education. The current, broken, system of education outlined by the federal government attaches a one-size-fits-all approach to students everywhere. Instead, we should be empowering the local governments to decide what is best for students in their states. Federal bureaucrats have never been good at creating a system that works for the masses, and it’s time we put a stop to that.

Fortunately, some in Washington are finally getting the message.

The Education and the Workforce Committee is working tirelessly to figure out the next direction for the American education system. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has introduced an education reform bill meant to be part of a serious effort that will begin removing unnecessary K-12 education programs.

The Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act (H.R. 1891) will repeal 43 of the 80 government education programs (many of which overlap, resulting in waste). This waste removal will not only help get our debt under control but will also limit the role of the federal government’s involvement in the education process.

This bill, along with the A-PLUS Act (which allows states to pick and choose which federal education programs work for their states’ particular needs) will help take education out of the hands of the federal government and back into the hands of local communities, which know the needs of their students much better.

Note: Heritage Action is scoring co-sponsorship of the A-PLUS Act (S.827).

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