Education is something that everyone in the world can agree is important. It’s literally talking about teaching the future generations how to problem solve and fix issues that are inevitably going to rise up. Education gives people around the world the tools to come up with better ideas to hopefully help everyone out.
However, as important as education is, it’s also important to leave the issue to the states. That is what the Founding Fathers originally had in mind when they were creating the Constitution. Unfortunately, the federal government stepped in and started telling the local and state governments what to do regarding schools and curriculums. That has just changed.
President Trump revealed a new executive order that is going to pull the feds from K-12 education. It’s yet another campaign promise kept, as the power is going to go back to state and local officials.
The order, called the “Education Federalism Executive Order,” is going to launch a 300-day review of the previous administration’s regulations and guidances for various school districts. It also directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to either change or destroy measures that she believes to be an overreach from the federal government.
President Trump spoke about the order. “For too long the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been education that spends more and achieves far, far, far less. My administration has been working to reverse this federal power grab and give power back to families, cities [and] states — give power back to localities.”
Trump also said that the administrations that came before him had started telling schools what to do over what the states had. He said the schools were ordered to comply with “whims and dictates” from Washington. However, his administration is going to stop that trend completely.
“We know local communities know it best and do it best,” Trump said. While he was signing the order, several Republican governors joined in to see the order themselves. “The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success,” Trump added.
Also in attendance for the event were Secretary DeVos and Vice President Mike Pence. In total, there were roughly 25 people witnessing the signing, which also had some teachers there to see.
While it’s nice to see that there is an order being done to take care of the schools, it’s not going to have an immediate impact on school districts. Secretary DeVos still has to go through that 300-day review, and following that is when the policy changes are going to happen.
The review is going to be conducted by the Department of Education’s Regulatory Review Task Force, at least according to what the order says. Trump made reducing the federal government’s role in grades K-12 part of his reform agenda. As part of that promise, it includes the expansion of school choice programs.
There were several politicians in attendance for the signing of this policy. Among the people there were Governors Kay Ivey from Alabama, Gary Herbert from Utah, Paul LePage from Maine, Brian Sandoval from Nevada, and Terry Brandstad from Iowa. Governor Branstad also has been nominated by the President to be the ambassador to China.
Joining the Governors in attendance were the two Republican chairs of the House and Senate education committees, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). Education is certainly an important aspect, but once the federal government gets involved, things quickly get out of hand. Thankfully, President Trump realizes this and within a year, there are going to be some changes to education policy that are going to be worthwhile.
Unfortunately, the changes are not going to affect colleges around the country. After all, students at Harvard University, which is generally considered one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, claimed that President Trump is worse than ISIS. Idiotic statements like that will lessen over time, but the fact that it was still uttered should make America concerned about what’s going on in colleges across the country.
The order also didn’t say anything about illegal immigrants and education, which is something that the liberals are pushing for. California has taken it one step further though, as the Governor of the state, Jerry Brown, signed a budget that is going to take away money from Middle Class education. However, illegal immigrant programs are going to see an INCREASE in spending.
President Trump took the first step to fixing the education system in the United States. He is going to have the federal government get out of education, and return the power to the states. After all, it was a promise that he made on the campaign, and Trump is sure to keep his promises.