Editorial

7/19/2013

Take government out of public education

There is another major reduction Congress can make to the federal budget to spare taxpayers billions of dollars annually. It can do what Republicans set out to do prior to their takeover of Washington in the 1990s. It can get the federal government out of public school education.

Imagine the savings. Imagine the savings to local, state and federal taxpayers - all of whom have to pay for the creation of new regulations and programs, as well as cover the costs to effect and enforce them.

And for what? Just look at the results, including the results of the recent program, the No Child Left Behind Act. Just implementing it was like pulling teeth.

Now, there are new standards in the wind - national ones - that some states find distasteful, including Georgia. Legislators like Sen. William Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, say it's not right for the federal government to try to shove a one-shoe-fits-all set of standards down the throats of the 50 states.

Conservative Republicans thought it was wrong for the federal government to involve itself in any decision concerning public school education decades ago.

There was even a promise by many affiliated with the political party, those seeking election and re-election, to completely do away with the U.S. Department of Education.

Democrats were steadfast in their belief that Washington knew everything, including what's best for the states, their many communities and millions of youth.

Apparently Republicans switched to the Democratic way of thinking when they took over the Senate and House. Instead of dismantling it, as promised, they added to its construction and powers.

States are fully capable of seeing to their own needs. They functioned well without the heavy hand of the federal government or ideas from Washington for a long, long time.

They educated and produced citizens who built this nation into the strongest in the world. They can do it again, but only if politicians and their legions of bureaucrats leave them alone.