Michael Hynes: Time to Abolish the U.S. Department of Education

Diane Ravitch's blog

Michael Hynes is Superintendent of the Patochogue-Medford public schools on Long Island in New York state.

As an educator, I have no use for the U.S. Department of Education.

The fact is, as parents and educators begin to understand the infinite failures of federal initiatives such as No Child Left Behind, the carrot-on-a-stick incentive on steroids called Race to the Top and the soon-to-be-passed version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — dubbed the Every Student Succeeds Act — this bloated department of non-educators has wasted tax dollars and ruined millions of children’s lives over the past four decades.

It is an experiment gone awry and it’s time for the U.S. Department of Education to go.

It’s as simple as that.

Now that our new acting secretary of education will be John King — the man who oversaw New York State’s disastrous rollout of the Common Core State Standards…

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