Probably not but Congressman Thomas Massie (R, KY) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to eliminate it. It’s unlikely to pass, more’s the pity, but we can hope. Massie’s bill is short and sweet, too, consisting of this in its entirety:
The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.
I’d add a second sentence, though: “All employees and associates of the Department of Education shall be returned to the private sector and not reassigned elsewhere in the Federal government.” I’d also add a third sentence: “All rules and letters promulgated by the Department of Education shall be null and void.” The third one may be unnecessary from a strictly legal standpoint, but I think it’s necessary for absolute clarity.
The Wall Street Journal, in the op-ed at the link, had a slightly different view:
Our view would be to put Representative Massie’s close-down bill on hold for at least four years, while the rest of us give Mrs DeVos a chance at making good on reforms that put the students at the front of the line.
I disagree. As long as it exists, the DoEd will be a Progressive-Democrat threat to our children. More, the Federal government has no place in our education system; eliminate its presence in altogether—no matter the good intentions of an incumbent Secretary.
There’s not even a need for a rump Department to issu[e] block grants to states based on population and performance of education systems at state level, as one commenter at the op-ed suggested. There should be no Department, rump or full-up, and there should be no Federal money transfers at all. Aside from those block “grants” never appearing without Federal strings, there’s no reason a New York tax payer should be paying into Texas’ education system, or a Californian paying into Illinois’, or….