Sheri Few, Karen Lamoreaux, Karen Bracken, Alice Linahan, Tamara Scott, Theresa Hubbard, Jan Lenox, Deb Yoa, and Sandy Torosian, names that are familiar to many of our readers, are the leadership behind a group called USPIE which stands for U.S. Parents Involved in Education launched a new campaign to abolish the U.S. Department of Education.
They held a press conference in Des Moines, IA and I’m ashamed to admit I missed the press conference because I was busy with Iowa Caucus coverage.
Fortunately they offer a video excerpt of that press conference:
USPIE’s mission statement reads:
United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nationwide coalition of state leaders focused on restoring local control of education by eradicating federal intrusion.
State leaders from around the country who are fed up with being ignored when it comes to education policy have joined forces to abolish the US Education Department and put an end to manipulation of state officials with federal funds and policy mandates. USPIE will bring the issue of unconstitutional federal intrusion in education to the forefront of public discourse and endeavor to inform Americans about the need to get the federal government out of the education business, and return education to its proper local roots.
“We have come to the conclusion that it is time for us to quit spinning our wheels in our states, and not gaining the kind of achievements that we’re looking for,” Sheri Few, the co-director of the group who served as founder and president of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education (SCPIE). “We’ve decided that it’s time to put an end to the U.S. Department of Education and end all federal mandates on education. That is why today we’re unveiling our campaign ‘Stop Fed Ed,’ and we’re asking you to join the movement.”