Virginia Foxx: I Would Love to Dismantle the U.S. Department of Education

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Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. Politico reports this morning that she is poised to become the chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee and she wants to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education and President Obama’s legacy.

They write in today’s edition of Morning Education:

 The 73-year-old GOP lawmaker and former community college president is poised to assume the leadership of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and she wants to veer far away from what she regards as Obama’s wrongheaded approach. “I’m going to push to diminish the role of the federal government in everything it’s in that isn’t in the Constitution,” Foxx said in an interview in her district in North Carolina. “That’s education, health care. All the things that the federal government does that it should not be doing. I’m happy to diminish its role.”….

…. Foxx would love to dismantle the federal Education Department, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that that is probably unlikely in the near term. “I definitely don’t think the Department of Education has any business doing all the things that it’s doing,” she said, “but I don’t think you do it overnight. I think you have to devolve it over time.”

I’ll admit I know very little about Congresswoman Foxx, but the fact she is saying things like this publicly is encouraging. If she does become chair we’ll have to see what kind of an agenda comes out of her committee. President-elect Trump will not be able to do much to shrink the size of the U.S. Department of Education on his own, but with willing partners in Congress significant progress can be made.

But will they really? Only time will tell.

8 thoughts on “Virginia Foxx: I Would Love to Dismantle the U.S. Department of Education

  1. If anyone can tell me of any student, anytime,anywhere who has learnt more as a result of the existence of this dept then it might be worth keeping – otherwise let’s get rid of it, and it’s counterparts in the states, as rapidly as possible

  2. Virginia Foxx sounded like a dream ed committee chair. I was so excited that I did a web search to find out more. Sigh. Like so many others, she doesn’t seem to understand what support for the ESEA and Workforce ed legislation is really all about. She supported 3 major fed ed initiatives recently. Her rhetoric sounds good, but her ignorance is astounding.

    1. Which is why I ended my post… “will they really?” I’m not going to hold my breath.

  3. This article made me laugh. Foxx would do no such thing even if she could.

    Foxx has made enemies out of the parents in North Carolina with her vote on HR5, which gave the Dept of Ed increased ability to push waivers and grants and makes sure state education plans are tied to funds/money. She hogtied NC to the Fed with that vote.

    Then there’s ESEA/ESSA. Talk about stabbing your state’s parent’s in the back and then twisting the knife.

    1. Just for anyone who reads this and isn’t aware HR 5 was the House version of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The final conference report was more like the Senate version which she also voted on.

      You are right to be skeptical, talk is cheap. If I wrote off every member of Congress who voted for ESSA I wouldn’t have any friends – that would include Iowa’s two most conservative members – Congressmen Steve King and Rod Blum.

      I’ll defer to you on Congresswoman Foxx you know her better than I do. She will have an opportunity to either win back some trust. If she does that will be a delightful surprise. If she doesn’t well you have an opportunity in 2018 to find someone to primary her unless she decides not to run again.

  4. I’d like one reason they can’t end the dept. of ed. TODAY. They always say….”it will take time.” Our children and our future need this today! Already the 18-25 year olds voted for HILLARY overwhelmingly. They have been brainwashed into thinking we are a democracy, not a republic, and have no clue about basic skills. They will be ignorant and dependent victims because that is what we are teaching today.

    Common Core and Fed Ed is poison to our nation. If you know we are poisoning our children and our weakening our country, wouldn’t the first step be to stop taking the poison?

    Abe Lincoln said “The philosophy in the school room in one generation will become the philosophy of government in the next.”

    I implore all those who are concerned to make the pilgrimage to DC; to write, call, and visit your Representatives to end this self destructive menace of Common Core and eliminate the DOE. Let’s restore education to the families and local government where it belongs.

    1. Because it takes an Act of Congress, and yes there is a ton of red tape to wade through in order to make that happen because there are tons of laws on the books that the U.S. Department of Education has been responsible for enforcing. You can’t shutter a federal department in a day that is wishful thinking.

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