Many Republicans in the U.S. Congress have called for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) over its "radical anti-American ideas," but U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said the organization's rampant inefficiency is another reason it needs to go.
"We all agree that public education is an OK thing," Moore told 1819 News CEO Bryan Dawson on "The 1819 News Podcast." "We set that up as citizens of this country so that our kids would have a school to go to, and they would have teachers, and they'd have instruction, and they could learn the basics, and we would have the opportunity for kids, no matter their socioeconomic background to get an education, and that's better for the communities."
Moore said as the DOE has received more taxpayer funding over the years since it was first instituted by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, it has become more focused on job creation rather than on educating kids.
"You got this bureaucracy in D.C. that then funnels the money back to the states to the people who actually sent it originally with all these strings attached, and our kids are not benefitting from that," he said. "The amount of money we spend, we could leave it local and let our local school boards make decisions and not attach strings. I think our kids would get a better education. I think the taxpayer would get a better benefit for their investment… Let's streamline the process."
Moore has joined Reps. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) and Eli Crane (R-Ariz.) in sponsoring legislation to abolish the agency.
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