Class Warfare Blog

November 23, 2016

What Happened to the GOP Disdain for the Department of Education?

The standard position of the GOP on the DOE has been “Off with its head!” that it never should have been a federal agency, let alone a cabinet level agency, at all, that education should be left to the states. Remember Rick Perry’s “Ooops” debate topic? It was which departments he would abolish if he were made president. He remembered the DOE but forgot the DOE (Department of Energy). This position was supposed to based on a preference for local control of education and parent’s rights to educate their children as they saw fit. The DOE was de facto federal overreach, according to Republican stalwarts.

But …

… according to CNN, President-elect Trump has offered Betsy DeVos the U.S. Department of Education post, and she took it. Ms. DeVos does not hide her contempt for public schools, she advocates for school vouchers so her wealthy friends can get their private schooling of their children subsidized. She opposes any regulation or oversight for charter schools and she loves her them charter schools, especially those funded from public taxes, whether or not they perform any better than the schools they are replacing.

So, apparently Mr. Trump will not be disposing of the DOE as part of the GOP wish list.

I guess there was money to be made.



  1. Mein Hair “loves” the uneducated. He said so. Ms DeVos will undoubtedly add the the disfunction of education administration so the GOP can say ‘The Education Dept is broken” and eliminate it down the road. They have plenty of time now they’re in the majority everywhere.


    Comment by persedeplume — November 23, 2016 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  2. The Republicans think the school systems are teaching social justice and that would never do! Just look at what they have managed to do to the public schools and universities in North Carolina and that will be the results for all the other states!


    Comment by Sylvia — November 23, 2016 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  3. So, they want to carry the “laboratory experiment of the states” like NC to the rest of the country? I can understand that. I just can’t understand how that equates to local control. I suggest that the Repubs are in favor of austerity, local control, etc. when they are out of power. when they are in power, they spend money like drunken sailors and use to power of government to invade our personal lives. I wonder who Trump will appoint to lead the War (on Women) Department?


    Comment by Steve Ruis — November 24, 2016 @ 8:33 am | Reply

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