How many of you have sat around the kitchen table, your church meeting hall, the library or local political event and said, “If I ran the government, this is what I’d do?”

Well here’s your chance to send those brainstorms to the new administration and tell them what they should do with the USDED.

The Trump Administration is looking for feedback on reorganizing the executive branch, and they have set up a form on the White House website where you can share your input.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, makes his appeal so he can submit a plan to President Trump in response to an executive order recently signed to start work on making the executive branch more efficient.

You have until June 12 to submit ideas.  How long does it take to write “Eliminate the US Dept of Education?”

Or here’s another thought. Since we like to repeal and replace, why don’t we let government use all those connections they have in Silicon Valley to change the department into a curriculum host site where teachers can post their own curricula for sale ala Amazon. Posters provide data about themselves and their district, like authors do, so you know whether it is a decent match for your district. Great curricula will get great reviews in real time and can charge more. Lower quality ones will garner less. Districts can create and sell studies of their own programs and policies for other districts to purchase. It’s free market choice. No more text book supplier monopolies. No more federal mandates, enforcement or guidance documents. Districts can boast about top-selling curriculum designers who work there. One percent of each sale can go to fund the website, since that is all the department ever gave states for administrative fees.

I’m sure others will have great ideas as well.

President Trump’s first budget cuts the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by $9 Billion, but we can encourage him to go further.

You can find the form here.

Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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