Massie introduces bill aimed at abolishing U.S. Dept. of Education

02/07/2017 01:11 PM

After an unprecedented tie breaking vote cast by Vice President Pence to confirm Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s education secretary, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie has filed legislation to abolish the cabinet she will lead.

On Tuesday, Massie, R-Vanceburg, introduced H.R. 899, a one sentence long bill to abolish the federal Department of Education. The legislation reads, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018,” according to a press release.

“Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn,” Massie said in a statement.

“Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development,” he continued in the release. “States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school.”

Other Kentucky Republicans thought differently of Tuesday’s events. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, applauded the confirmation of DeVos after Democrats in the Senate held the floor in protest overnight.

In a statement, McConnell said he looked forward to confirming her so she could get to work on behalf of America’s students and schools.

“As I said yesterday, this well-qualified candidate has earned the support of several education groups and nearly two dozen governors from across the nation,” McConnell said. “She understands that teachers, students, parents, school boards, and state and local governments — not Washington bureaucrats — are best suited to make education decisions for our kids, and I know she’s committed to improving our education system so that every child has a brighter future.”

Back in Frankfort others in the education sphere publicly questioned the nomination of DeVos.

Calling her nomination “a travesty,” Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler told Pure Politics that DeVos was not qualified for the job.

Nick Storm

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