There are no teachers in the Federal Department of Education. This bureaucracy only takes resources from the education process. In Oregon, as a state we spend $9257/year per student on education. In addition, the Federal Govt. taxes the citizens of Oregon $1500/year, per student, of which it returns $1000 in the form of block grants. For the privilege of having the Federal Govt. absorb $500 per student, Oregon gets to be subjected to a host of federal mandates to qualify for the “federal aid.”
Of the money the state takes in, the amount actually spent on educational activity is $5074- what happens to the rest of the money? The rest is spent on compliance to federal mandates and a host of social costs associated with educating people who don’t speak English, to people with disabilities, to “hot lunches,” or to any number of other politically correct causes (not that I am arguing against those). My main beef on this is with the Federal Dept. of Education.
I will defy anyone to show me the enumerated authority in the U.S Constitution which gives the Federal Government the power to regulate or in any way control education.