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Bill filed to abolish Department of Education

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY, filed a bill to abolish the Department of Education. (Source: Official photo) Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY, filed a bill to abolish the Department of Education. (Source: Official photo)

(RNN) - A congressman filed a bill to end the Department of Education, one of the departments conservatives often target.

The body of the bill contains one sentence: "The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018."

Filed by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY, on Feb. 7, 2017, the bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash, R-MI, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-AZ, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA, Rep. Walter Jones, R-NC, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID. 

It has been referred to the committee on Education and the Workforce.

In a press release announcing the bill, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn." Rather, he thinks education should be handled by the state and local level only.

Biggs, a freshman representative, cited the spread of Common Core as a reason to abolish the agency and said, "the Department of Education has grown into an unrecognizable federal beast."

The Department of Education was created by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Its stated goals include establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, distributing and monitoring the funds, collecting data and distributing research on U.S. schools, highlighting key educational issues and ensuring equal access to education.

President Ronald Reagan wanted to end the Department of Education but lacked congressional support.

Massie filed the bill the same day the Senate confirmed billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The vote required Vice President Mike Pence to serve as a tie-breaker.

Gaetz, a freshman representative who is a co-sponsor of this bill, also filed a bill to abolish the EPA.

Of all the bills proposed in Congress, most don't make it out of committee.

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