Ted Cruz’s Plan To Dump the Common Core and the U. S. Dept. of Education

Jan 10, 2016 by


Ted Cruz’s Plan To Dump the Common Core and the U. S. Dept. of Education — Policy Statement




Educational opportunity thrives on choice, ingenuity, and diversity; the Department of Education squelches all three. Largely created as an outgrowth of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, the Department of Education has existed in its current form since 1980. Despite its stated aim to bring equal access to all, it has failed to close the gap between low-income communities and other communities, and instead has led to one-size-fits-all solutions imposed on millions of students with differing educational needs.

Eliminating the Department of Education not only restores the states’ constitutional power and saves taxpayers billions of dollars, it returns decision-making to parents and local communities, and liberates students and teachers from a failed top-down approach. The growing federal role in education spurred by the Education Department has led to perverse mandates such as Common Core and counterproductive laws such as No Child Left Behind.

We should repeal every word of Common Core. And, as President, I will direct the Secretary of Education to immediately end the federal government’s mandates that seek to force states to adopt this failed attempt at a universal curriculum.

Even more broadly, we need to get the federal government out of education altogether. The Department of Education has the third largest discretionary budget in the federal government, and it provides 10 percent of funding for K-12education.

Yet, with that 10 percent share, it imposes significant requirements on states and schools, forcing them to submit to federal bureaucrats. Education has traditionally been a state matter; the people closest to students know them best – parents and teachers know far more than Washington bureaucrats – and we are already witnessing remarkable reforms by state and local governments to increase school choice and resist Common Core standards. We need to restore parent and student choice and remove federal barriers to children’s success.

A Cruz Administration will eliminate the programs in the Department of Education that are wasteful, ineffective, and fail to achieve better student outcomes. We will perform a careful review of remaining programs to assess how best to return those responsibilities to state and local communities.

The lion’s share of K-12 funding will be block granted to the states, including Title I funding and the Individuals with Disabilities Education program, while the Indian Education program and Federal Impact Aid will be transferred to existing departments. Pell Grants will also remain intact and can be transferred to the Treasury Department. This will result in higher quality education, more tailored to local needs, at a lower cost.

The D.C. Public School Funding and the Opportunity Scholarship Program will persist because Washington D.C. is under the federal purview of Congress and it is constitutionally appropriate for those programs to continue to be overseen at a federal level. But those programs can be run by another department, and the Education Department can be shut down.

Ineffective Spending:

  • Since the Department’s inception in 1980, the federal government has spent nearly $1.5 trillion on education.
  • It cost the U.S. $151,000 per student to put the graduating class of 2009 through public school; adjusted for inflation, that is nearly three times the amount we spent on the graduating class of 1970.
  • Despite this outrageous spending, education outcomes have either stagnated or declined. The nation’s report card, first administered in 1992, shows that the disparity between white and black 12th grade reading scores has increased – showing African American students half a grade further behind their peers, and totaling a nearly three grade-level difference.



Donna Garner


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    Karen Burningham

    It is silly to put kids in boxes and have them turn out all the same! The common core has been a very weak program and does not fit all of the children with special needs! We need traditional schools that offer programs accelerated and slow programs for all kids we have that ability especially with computers!

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    D.E.A. should have been eliminated during Reagan ‘ s time! Democrats and RINOS have propped it up, largely against the will of the majority of Americans! It would be great if we can pull the plug!

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    Barbara Doan

    If Cruz is choosing to take actions, it fits in suit with the statements both teachers and students have shared with me. Although the goals that are listed here sound wonderful, many are lacking and not being accomplished. Education in the US is in deep need of a revamp. if anyone can do it it will be Cruz-a man who cares for our nation and values the education of our students-who will quickly grow up having gleaned a vibrant, positive education, on one void of what graduating students are in need of to go onward and upward. A positive change will not only help a student, but can be a major impact in determining the future of America…a dynamic vital to Ted Cruz.

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