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The Education department should be eliminated. Education works fine at a local and state level.
--- Absolutely, completely, totally, couldn't-be-more wrong....This is one area the federal government should get MUCH BIGGER.

And here we have to agree to disagree (obviously). At the local level education is more responsive to local needs -- let's add an exposure to Korean at the junior high level or rotate it from year to year with Spanish and French). Adjust the lunch menu for local tastes. Whatever. In addition, the community gets more involved. The school principal is hired, not appointed by some administrator in Washington, DC.

Education at the local and state level also provides more diversity, a built-in laboratory for different approaches. School districts X and Y can try voucher programs or staggered year-round schooling without having to navigate the Federal bureaucracy.

With local variations unhappy parents (there will always be some who are unhappy) can be accommodated. If you don't like city or state X, then you can move. How would you like your schools run by George Bush for eight years? :-)

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