So far, Donald Trump’s presidency has gotten more conservative reforms accomplished in six months than the last Republican president accomplished in eight years…and his next move could be a game-changer.
The Washington Times reports that Trump has signed an executive order directing the Education Department’s Regulatory Review Task Force to spend the better part of a year reviewing the Obama administration’s education regulations and guidances, with an eye toward reducing the federal government’s role and restoring control to states and localities:
“For too long the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been education that spends more and achieves far, far, far less,” Mr. Trump said. “My administration has been working to reverse this federal power grab and give power back to families, cities [and] states — give power back to localities.”
He said that previous administrations had increasingly forced schools to comply with “whims and dictates” from Washington, but his administration would break the trend.
“We know local communities know it best and do it best,” said Mr. Trump, who was joined by several Republican governors for the signing. “The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”
Ms. DeVos and Vice President Mike Pence were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by about 25 people, including teachers, lawmakers and the governors.
No changes will go into effect until the 300-day review concludes and a final report is completed. And to be clear, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will only have authority to undo what her predecessors did via executive action. That means repeals of legislation (let alone a fundamental reorganizing or elimination of the Department of Education) will have to wait (and, judging by the Ryan/McConnell Congress’s apparent inability to repeal the most hated law in years, that’s going to be a long wait.
Still, it’s fantastic to see President Trump moving to do as much as he can with the authority he does have. Team Obama’s approach to education was high on bureaucracy, low on local reform. So even if Team Trump accomplishes nothing more on the issue than restoring the status quo of January 19, 2009, it will be a clear victory for students, parents, and the Constitution.
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