Utah State Representative Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan) sponsored a resolution calling for the restoration of the division of governmental responsibilities between the national government and the state (aka Federalism).
HJR 017 passed the Utah House on March 6 with a 60 to 14 vote. On March 9 it passed the Utah Senate on a 20 to 1 vote. It was then enrolled on March 17.
Below is the excerpt of the resolution dealing with education:
WHEREAS, the [federalism] Commission received the following summary of federal overreach: EDUCATION
- Recognize that education is not a power delegated to the federal government under the Constitution, it is reserved to the states;
- Abolish the United States Department of Education and block grant administration costs and federal appropriations to the state;
- Repeal the mandates of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and
- Relax the overly expansive interpretation of federal regulations, which increase costs and adversely affects education at all levels;
The bill sends a strong message to Congress and the White House that Utah at least is fed up with federal overreach. Hopefully other states will do the same to put pressure on Congress to act.