Senator Blunt, Federal Education Spending Erodes Local Control

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) (on left) speaks with former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will have to defend her Department’s budget before a Senate appropriations subcommittee today. President Donald Trump cut 13 percent from the Department from its 2017 levels. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) is the chairman of that committee, and he told Politico‘s Morning Education he’s concerned about the cuts.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who chairs the subcommittee, said he looks forward to discussing with DeVos ways to return education decisions to the local level but also signaled he’s going to take issue with her proposed budget cuts. “I have serious concerns about steep cuts that were included in the president’s FY 2018 budget proposal, and expect to hear more from Secretary DeVos about how the administration arrived at those decisions,” Blunt said in a statement to Morning Education.

Blunt wants (or so he says) to return education decisions to the local level, but he is “concerned” about cuts in federal spending. Does he not realize that federal education spending is at odds with local control? Likely not since he also supported the Every Student Succeeds Act.

You can’t have real local control in education without a severe reduction in the budget and size of the U.S. Department of Education. I consider the 13 percent reduction a start, but far more is needed, and we have a so-called Republican senator with concerns about the budget cuts chairing the subcommittee.