Day 98: Trump Returns Control over K-12 Education to States

Day 98: Trump Returns Control over K-12 Education to States

On Wednesday, which marks President Trump’s 98th day in office, he signed an executive order to restore states’ control over their education and schools. The President noted that states have put up with “federal whims” for far too long.

Local Communities ‘Know It Best’

Through the Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education, Trump instructed the Education Department to draft a report on the instances when the federal government has overstepped. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was asked to undo any regulations if necessary.

People familiar with the matter added that the report would be finished in 300 days and be made public.

We know that local communities do it best and know it best,

the president told a large crowd of White House attendees.

He added that schools and parents should be the ones to make the decisions that help children achieve academic success.

The GOP has been long seeking to restore local control over education, arguing that state lawmakers, school boards, and parents are the fittest to decide what children study.

The Education Department has drawn much criticism under the Obama administration. The former administration offered states federal dollars to invest in schools, but they did it under many conditions such as specific academic standards.

DeVos confirmed the previous administration’s mandates one-size-fits-all policies that are doomed to fail. However, the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union criticized the move as unnecessary. The union underlined that a 2015 law had already restored power over education to states.

By contrast, the pro-charter school group Center for Education Reform is confident Trump’s latest executive action would boost innovation and freedom in the nation’s schools. The organization thinks the review will ensure that opportunity and innovation will flourish throughout various education sectors.

The connection between freedom and excellence is no secret,

a spokesperson for the group said.

Trump Honors Nation’s Teachers

On Wednesday, president Trump welcomed teachers at the National Teacher of the Year event which was held at the White House. The 2017’s National Teach of the Year was awarded to a teacher from a Boston charter school, Sydney Chaffee.

The Commander in Chief was glad that an educator from a charter school won the prize since charter schools are publicly funded but privately managed.

“There is nothing more important than being a teacher,” Trump told teachers. It is worth noting that he promised to restore local control over education on the campaign trail. The executive order is likely designed to make a notable accomplishment for the president in his first 100 days in office.

Trump handed Chaffee the award on the same day his wife was celebrating her 47th birthday. First Lady Melania Trump was also present at the event. After handing the award, Trump told the 55 teachers gathered at the Oval Office “’God bless you all. Go back and keep teaching those students.”

Next, the teachers sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Melania, which the president described as a “very nice” thing to do. The president had tweeted a birthday greeting to FLOTUS early in the morning.

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