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Betsy DeVos is doubling down on efforts to ‘eliminate’ the Department of Education

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reiterated her call to eliminate the Department of Education while calling out entrenched federal bureaucrats, the “vast majority of whom,” she said, “actually work against you”.

“I think anyone who is serious about tackling the size and scale of the federal government has to make it a very high level issue for the next cycle,” she said of the plans circulating in circles. Conservatives aimed at potentially laying off thousands of federal employees. in a new Republican administration.

“I just think about the experience of the Ministry of Education and how great the bureaucracy is and how difficult it is to push policy forward in an environment where the vast majority of people are actually working against you,” DeVos continued. “But it goes to the heart of the argument against the Department for Education, which again, I repeat, I believe the Department was created on political reward and we have seen the implications of that play out in the decades that followed. ”

The “political payoff” she was referring to was an agreement reached in the 1976 presidential election between then-candidate Jimmy Carter and the teachers’ unions. In exchange for an endorsement—the first-ever endorsement of a presidential candidate by teachers’ unions—Carter had to pay for their services by establishing the department.

Democratic presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter shakes hands with Thomas Gleason, left, president of the International Longshoremen’s Union, during a meeting with labor leaders at a New York hotel, July 1976. (AP Photo)

That’s how unions were able to consolidate power, DeVos told the reporters’ roundtable at the Young America’s Foundation’s 44th Annual National Student Conservative Conference.

“It’s the alphabet soup of groups that are all part of the system and are systematically geared towards protecting and growing their interests,” she said. “The fact that they give 99.7% of their politics – their declared political contributions – to Democratic office holders or candidates, those who have promised to make their offer when they take office.”

The former Trump-appointed secretary, however, argues that “there is a very practical way to shrink and eventually eliminate this department, starting with what we proposed, which was to give the entire budget of the department to the states en bloc. “.

She also said eliminating the Department of Education should “definitely” be part of the Republican Party’s platform.

“I think there’s every argument to say that we need to stop doing what we were doing and do something completely different,” she said. “And that, I would say, is a return to states setting policy, supporting policy, and most importantly, supporting parents with their children’s education finances and letting them make those decisions for their children’s education. .”

Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.

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