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Written by Jennifer Giorgi
Liberty Viral Editor-in-Chief
Last week, Rep Tom Massie (R–KY), along with seven co-sponsors, introduced U.S. House bill H.R. 899 which sole purpose is to abolish the Department of Education. Reactions have been mixed across the board, however the Libertarian Party came out in full support of the bill in a recent press release:
“Libertarians are encouraged to see a bill that brings hope to the promise of actually, finally, abolishing the Department of Education,” said Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “The DOE’s primary accomplishments have been to drive up federal taxes and debt, drive up local and state taxes, impose mounds of red tape on schools, and drive down the quality education in the United States. It has made schooling an infuriating and demoralizing experience for teachers, parents, and schoolchildren.”
In striking contrast to most of today’s federal and state laws, many of which are hundreds of pages long and rarely read by the lawmakers who vote on them, H.R. 899 consists of one simple sentence: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
“Localizing education will dramatically improve our schools, allowing them to innovate and address the needs of individual students, and to prepare them for a fulfilling and successful future,” said Sarwark.