‘Americans have had enough… It is time to end the unconstitutional federal control of education and restore parental and local control’ USPIE president declares
November 21, 2022
COLUMBIA, S. C. — As the Department of Education continues to push radical ideologies on American children, concerned parents nationwide are pushing back against the explicit brainwashing happening in public schools. For those who are unsure of how to make a difference in their local schools — or even in American government — the feature film, “Truth & Lies in American Education,” produced by United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE), not only reveals the truth about what is happening in America’s schools, but also what steps need to take place for parents to regain their God-given control over their children’s well-being.
For USPIE Founder and President Sheri Few, the steps to make a change and abolish the Department of Education are clear.
“Considering the offensive policies issued from the U.S. Department of Education, the department should be totally defunded. The Department of Education exists so federal elites have the muscle to control children, and mandates Common Core, Marxist critical theories, the sexualization of children, anti-American propaganda, and threatens to withhold federal funding for noncompliance. National test scores scream at us that children desperately need reading, writing and math, not more federally mandated critical race theory nonsense and overt sexualization.
“The time is right to defund Department of Education. Former President Donald Trump has called for its shuttering, as has former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Should Congress commit to defunding the federal Department of Education, there are five easy steps to take:
- Send all program management and funding to the states: State officials report that their current infrastructure oversees and manages similar state and federal programs. For example, states have their own preschool programs where they can incorporate funding for Head Start programs; free and reduced lunch funding can be incorporated into state-led food programs, and data collection, managed by states, can better guard student data privacy.
- Repeal all laws permitting federal intervention in K-12 education, starting with ESSA: As programs are moved to the states, Congress should repeal the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016 (ESSA). The federal government is obligated to prevent states from discrimination in education under the 14th Amendment. This obligation can be administered by the Department of Justice through the courts, where cases can be handled individually and ruled upon with the power of law. Other programs that can be moved to other federal departments include Postsecondary Education Scholarships for Veterans, which can go to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship, which can move to the department that handles all D.C. policy programs.
- Privatize college loan programs through savings and loan institutions: Students can be approved for specified funding based on the strength of their loan application, including future employment prospects, which makes loans relative to future earning power. Privatization will help students be more savvy consumers, and the private lending model will make colleges more responsible.
- Eliminate all offices and divisions of DOE and related spending: The cost of overhead and bureaucracy to administer programs that have clearly not benefitted children is truly a waste. The department can be closed in one fiscal year with the elimination of DOE discretionary appropriations. The year this occurs, the federal government should send every American federal taxpayer a rebate or refund — after all, this was their money in the first place.
- Reduce federal tax collection, shifting education revenue collection entirely back to the states: Since the federal portion of state K-12 education spending is about 15 percent in each state, restructuring tax collection to recover or streamline the funds needed is feasible. It is also necessary to finalize the extraction of the federal government from intrusion in K-12 education policy and regulation.
“The reality is that Americans have had enough. Parents and taxpayers are fed up with federal control of education, which has led to indoctrinating instead of educating children. It is time to end the unconstitutional federal control of education and restore parental and local control.”
For more from Sheri Few about the steps needed to defund the Department of Education, see her latest OPED published in the Western Journal.
United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) is a nonprofit, nationwide coalition that seeks to return education to its proper local roots and restore parental authority over their children’s education by helping parents and local communities to escape federal and other national influences. It is the vision of USPIE to create a culture where parents, empowered with the authority to choose what and how their children learn, are the undisputed primary educators of their children, where local schools operate in support of families, and where education is unencumbered by federal mandates.