The Constitution doesn't give the federal government any role in education. It leaves decisions about educating our children up to the states, and that’s where they should remain.
Despite this, the Federal Government has increased the size and budget of the Department of Education, and the results have been disastrous. Test scores and scholastic performance have markedly dropped. All the increased money, bureaucracy, and government intervention are eroding educational standards.
Instead, decisions should be made locally, where parents, teachers, and community leaders – who know their children, students, and local needs – can determine the most effective use of resources.
Importantly, parents have the right to educate their children as they see fit, including homeschooling. Children have different learning styles, interests, strengths, and talents. One-size-fits-all government-mandated curriculums (i.e. Common Core) and teaching methods cannot accommodate those differences and therefore will not work for every child. This leaves many children falling short of their potential.
Meanwhile, home schooled children continue to excel as evidenced by their test scores and rapidly growing admission rate into some of the nation’s most prestigious educational institutions. And other types of private and charter schools have similarly seen success, as they have been able to try innovative new approaches to meet children’s diverse needs.
As a Senator, I will seek to end federal involvement in education and restore parents’ rights and responsibilities in educating children. I support reduced taxes so that parents can allocate more of their own funds to homeschooling or to private or religious schools, if they so desire.
I will work to prevent the Department of Education from regulating homeschooling and will fight to keep the Federal Government’s hands out of this promising alternative to conventional education. I will ensure that all children, whether attending a home, private, or public school, are allowed the freedom to compete, and that all parents are free to choose the education that is right for their children.Bottom of Form