Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) last month introduced H.R. 899 that simply says, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
I applaud this, but at the same time I wondered if you can kill the Fed Ed Hydra this easily.
Massie during a live chat through #PJNet was asked about this bill last week.
In a nutshell he suggests three options for how this would work:
- Different federal departments would oversee Federal education programs that are still active due to federal law.
- Block grant federal education money to the states.
- Get rid of federal education altogether.
Option 1 would be the Hydra option. Option 2 is good, but it will require Congress to act in various ways to end federal programs and redirect the money. He favors option three, so do I, but just padlocking the doors to the U.S. Department of Education won’t get that done. I’m in favor of this bill. I just think we need some more details. More than likely in transition to get to option 3 we’ll have to have a combo of option 1 and option 2.