Re­store lo­cal con­trol

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Ed­u­ca­tion de­ci­sions should come from a lo­cal level. When Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter signed the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Act in 1979, he said in a state­ment, “A Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion will en­sure that lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties re­tain con­trol of their schools and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. That is es­sen­tial if our schools are to ser ve their stu­dents prop­erly, and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion will there­fore not per­mit the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to be­gin mak­ing de­ci­sions on ed­uca- tion pol­icy that are best made at a lo­cal level.”

So why even have a fed­eral depart­ment? Be­cause it’s not about chil­dren. It’s about con­trol — con­trol through fed­eral dol­lars. And it’s big busi­ness. It’s about push­ing an agenda. Ed­u­ca­tion should be about our chil­dren; they are our fu­ture lead­ers.

I re­cently joined United States Par­ents In­volved in Ed­u­ca­tion, and en­cour­age you to do the same. Their goal is to end fed­eral in­volve­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and re­store lo­cal con­trol.

Please go to us­pie.org and join the move­ment. Erin Knowles, Hunt­ing­town

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