(NationalSentinel) Education: When Ronald Reagan entered the White House in January 1981, the U.S. Department of Education had been in existence less than two years. President Jimmy Carter had only signed the Department of Education Organization Act in October 1979, signaling the beginning of the end of local control over primary education.
Try as he might, Reagan – who campaigned on a promise to eliminate the department – was never able to convince enough members of Congress to send him the legislation. As such, like all federal bureaucracies, successive administrations – especially Left-wing administrations – grew the Department of Education’s role into something it was never meant to be.
But this week President Donald J. Trump became the first chief executive since the department was created to move to rein it in. As reported by the Washington Times, Trump signed an executive order Thursday beginning the process of getting Uncle Sam out of the business of deciding education policy for the entire country, returning that power back to states and local elected school board officials, where it should have always remained:
The order, dubbed the “Education Federalism Executive Order,” will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems an overreach by the federal government.
“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,” Trump said. “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.”
Previous administrations, Trump said, have used the department to impose “whims and dictates” on states – like Michelle Obama’s crazy school lunch program that left kids hungry and food wasted, or her husband’s attempt to turn school locker rooms and bathrooms into politically correct no-privacy zones.
“We know local communities know it best and do it best,” said Trump, who was joined by several Republican governors for the signing. “The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”
Yes it has, Mr. President, yes it has.
For a president who many say is not ideological, his has been the most conservative, federalist-oriented administration in modern history.