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Tell Congress: Abolish the U.S. Department of Education

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Members of Congress need to abolish the Department of Education and get the federal government out of our schools. 

Sign the petition and tell your U.S. Representative and Senators to support and pass H.R. 899, a bill that includes a single sentence that states, "The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”

Education is not the responsibility of the federal government, but the responsibility of parents first and communities second. The absolute highest level of civil authority over education permitted under the Constitution is State government. 

Public Comments
Feb 10th, 2017
Larry K. from San Antonio, TX writes:
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The Federal Government needs to focus its efforts on protecting its citizens from foreign threats. Each State in the Union should govern itself in regard to education for its citizens. The Federal Government cannot possibly understand the needs and issues of 50 states and other territories. Trying to initiate a single "fix" for all is futile and arrogant. The Federal Education Departments effort to force Common Core on every State is a prime example. Another is the issue of trying to regulate Home Education, Charter Schools and Public Schools. Give it up and let local government handle local needs and issues.
Feb 10th, 2017
Rodney B. from Waitsburg, WA signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Someone from Waleska, GA writes:
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Education should be solely local option. What children in Alaska need to know and learn is not uniformly the same as what children in Florida need to learn. The Dept. of Education has added costs and bureaucracy without any evidence of an increase in knowledge, skills or proficiencies among our youth. Quite the opposite as the U.S. slips further behind China, Germany and other developed and developing nations.
Feb 10th, 2017
Someone from Waleska, GA writes:
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Education should be solely local option. What children in Alaska need to know and learn is not uniformly the same as what children in Florida need to learn. The Dept. of Education has added costs and bureaucracy without any evidence of an increase in knowledge, skills or proficiencies among our youth. Quite the opposite as the U.S. slips further behind China, Germany and other developed and developing nations.
Feb 10th, 2017
Paul P. from Ivydale, WV signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Allen P. from GARDEN GROVE, CA signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Someone from Toledo, OH signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Robert S. from Pahrump, NV writes:
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Education is and always has been a states rights obligation. It was never the duty of the Federal Government to decide how our schools should be run or how our students should be taught.
Feb 10th, 2017
Someone from Albuquerque, NM writes:
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I support the elimination of The Dept. of Education. The federal government does not need to be involved in local education. Local people know what is best for their children.
Feb 10th, 2017
BUDD S. from Los Osos, CA writes:
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CLOSE THE COMMUNIST INDOCTRINATION DEPARTMENT!!!! IT'S TIUME TO RECLAIM AMERICA!!! GET THE UNIONS OUT OF GOVERNMENT TOO!!! JEFFERSON SAID IT BEST AND IT STANDS TODAY. LOOK IT UP!!!
Feb 10th, 2017
James L. from Roundup, MT writes:
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Return to States Rights and local schools.
Feb 10th, 2017
Bill D. from Mount Juliet, TN signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
J. Gary N. from Prescott, AZ signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Philip K. from Huntsville, AL signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Glenn A. from Pasadena, TX writes:
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Long, long overdue.
Feb 10th, 2017
Michael T. from Avondale, AZ writes:
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Having served in the U. S. Navy and retiring from a career of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic, it is now time to stand up for defending from the effects of domestic terrorism.
Feb 10th, 2017
Someone from Skokie, IL signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Someone from Fort Collins, CO writes:
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Taught school 30 years in Ohio was a union building rep Unions supporting political parties don't support most teachers. They join or are basically forced to join because of libleity protection from parents
Feb 10th, 2017
Michael T. from Coatesville, PA signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Linda R. from Williamsburg, VA signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Kathy D. from Buffalo, NY writes:
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when sstudents cannot read, write or do math after graduating something major needs to change. Time to make schools places of learning and not babysitting or other social ideas. Stick with reading, writing, arithmetic.
Feb 10th, 2017
Eugene Y. from Chugiak, AK signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Caron Y. from Kemp, TX writes:
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I want to see ALL education in the states and local areas where the students reside. The Federal government has no business making educational decisions for the people.
Feb 10th, 2017
Barbara Y. from Richardson, TX writes:
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And I am a former public school teacher! I thoroughly agree with this. I use to teach a federally funded vocational program to handicapped students and am very aware of regulations that control such classes. That was 30 some-odd years ago. Today is much worse as federal regulations have infiltrated more areas of the school system.
Feb 10th, 2017
MARCIA H. from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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This department doesn't educate a single student! It is a terrible waste of taxpayer monies! Over the last forty years the education if our children has been woefully lacking. Give education back to the local communities and we will make education great again.
Feb 10th, 2017
Jed A P. from Ely, NV writes:
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I remember going to Catholic school and public school. Public school was far behind Catholic school, even though the public schools had far more resources!
Feb 10th, 2017
Jon H. from Tacoma, WA writes:
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I began teaching straight out of college the same year the Dept. of Ed. began. Through my entire 30+ years in the classroom I never once encountered any tangible benefit to its existence. Yet, it has become a "black hole" for the nation's taxes by the tune of Billions per year! For what? Well, all I can think of are failed social experiments to bring racial equity to certain minority groups in certain urban centers of the country, which have failed miserably, and paying the salaries of bureaucrats who sit in their offices processing mountains of paper work and killing trees to boot! (See link for an example of failure.) https://www.city-journal.org/html/no-thug-left-behind-14951.html
Feb 10th, 2017
Leonard T. from Smithville, MO signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Someone from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Feb 10th, 2017
Gene B. from Mesa, AZ signed.
Feb 9th, 2017
Larry M. from San Clemente, CA writes:
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Every local community should determine how there children are educated. Federal government does not know what is best!
Feb 9th, 2017
David B. from Knox, PA signed.
Feb 9th, 2017
john r. from Bullhead City, AZ writes:
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Federalist 45; the powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government are few and defined. those are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. A centralized government is a Monarchy and not a constitutional representative republic.
Feb 9th, 2017
Someone from Carmichael, CA signed.
Feb 9th, 2017
Kirstin E. from Anchorage, AK writes:
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Prior to the Common Core layout forced by our US Government and then Local government test scores were much higher. Once that was forced upon our students/children, educational skills have dropped dramatically. Any way you look at it, 2+2 still equals 4. The Government has no business in the educational system. Teacher's Unions (are the biggest problem when it comes to this) but some teachers alike need to be put in their place and remember that each state pays taxes which in turn pays their salaries. You work for us, we don't work for you. I want my grandchildren to learn how to do basic arithmetic, learn how to read and communicate. Why does Alaska have among the poorest test scores across the US. Could it be that the teacher's unions/and some teacher's have gotten to comfortable. I think so. It's time to start being educators again and not Politian's. Also, I don't want my grandchildren to be forced to learn propaganda on either side of the isle. Your job is to teach students how to read, do math, teach them the TRUTH about American history, etc... Not to share your personal political views in the classroom. That is up to the parents and how they run their households, not teachers. Keep your politics out of our classrooms and start teaching them what they need to learn so they can make their own educated decisions when they become adults. I have spoken to some teachers I know, that have been teaching for 15-20 years and are being told by the Government how they have to teach their class, they are no longer able to use their special talents that made them want to become educators because the pressure from the teacher's unions/other teachers and US/Local Governments have made them so afraid to speak out, it is a SHAME. Teachers should be able to teach their class the way they see fit for they get to know our children and their talents first hand. Also parents need to start getting more involved and stop using the school as a daycare, then blaming the teachers, learning starts at home, I think that's called the ABC's of life. For teachers who have had to suffer and keep your mouths shut because of the pressure you get, hats off to you for sticking by our students and continuing what you went to school for because of the love and passion you have for teaching. Not just anyone can be a teacher. Government that includes US and Local get out of our schools with your politics and let the teacher's do their jobs. No more Government, US or Local running our schools unless it's the class called US Government or Social Studies. Parents remember learning starts at home.
Feb 9th, 2017
James B. from Locust Grove, GA writes:
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President Trump is working hard to full fill the wishes of the people (voters) and now it is time you step up and do your job! You have had years to stop the Liberals and are way behind a new President that has only been in office 3 weeks. Voters gave you the House, Senate and now the President, the very things that you said you needed to stop the Liberal's agenda. We won't wait any longer for you to full fill your promises to us. Do it now or be voted out.
Feb 9th, 2017
David P. from Grand Prairie, TX writes:
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The quality of our public education system has declined in lockstep with the increase in Federal involvement, both regulatory and financial. For the sake of our children we MUST end this.
Feb 9th, 2017
Michele D. from Anchorage, AK signed.
Feb 9th, 2017
Ralph C. from Cherry Valley, IL signed.
Feb 9th, 2017
JEAN Ann L. from Grapevine, TX signed.