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Republican Introduces Bill That Would Abolish the Department of Education

On 7 February 2017, Kentucky lawmaker Thomas Massie announced that he had written an eight-word bill that proposes the elimination of the federal Department of Education. The bill reads, in its entirety:

The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.

In a statement released to the media, Massie advocated leaving education up to parents, teachers, and local leaders:

Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.”

Massie added, “Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and…

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