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Published: Wednesday, May 23 2012 9:55 a.m. MDT

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Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

It would be refreshing if Romney would say, "If I'm elected President, I will force the federal government to stop taking state revenues and get the federal government out of the education business and give that responsibility back to the 50 states. I will close down the Department of Education. Local school districts will have have more money and more freedom to meet the specific needs of the children in their areas. America will regain the lead as the brightest and most well educated in the world."

Mark B
Eureka, CA

So, according to Jonathan, the winning policy for improving the nation's education is to - just dump the money back to the states, who will spend it on anything they darn well please. Or they could have committees, like Texas, with a conservative PC-based approach to the three "R's". Romney should lead, in other words, by turning his back to the whole issue, and turning the Department into a profit center by renting out their old office space, presumably to lobbyists.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

@ Mark B

Huh?

"Dump the money back to the states"?
"Spend it on anything they darn well please"?
"turning his (Romney's) back on the whole issue"?

Do you understand the concept of the united states of America? 50 nifty individual, independent states that determine their own destiny? 50 independent "countries" within a union with a common bond? When, in your world did the states become subservient to the federal government that the states themselves created to merely protect states rights to exist in peace and harmony?

I want my taxed income allocated for education to stay in Utah so I can tell my school district how to spend MY money for the benefit of MY children. If I am ever dissatisfied, I can look at the remaining 49 states to better meet MY expectations.

I believe Romney is smart enough to appreciate states rights, the free enterprise system and the beauty of educational competition among the various states. This is what makes America great. This is why Romney has my vote in November.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Jonathan Eddy ranted - "Do you understand the concept of the united states of America? 50 nifty individual, independent states that determine their own destiny? 50 independent "countries" within a union with a common bond? When, in your world did the states become subservient to the federal government that the states themselves created to merely protect states rights to exist in peace and harmony?"

Wow. That's some different thinking there Mr Eddy. So in your mind when the Federal government takes an action like "go to war in Iraq", it's fine for the State of Utah to say "Uh, no thanks." Or if the Federal government declares that blacks don't have to ride at the back of a bus or drink out of public water fountains, it's fine for a state to segregate?

The states united to become better overall. That includes education. Education is an important competitive edge in the world. If Utah provides a different education (or worse -- no education) than the other 49 states, how will that benefit the nation? A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It weakens the nation for 49 states to have to carry the one that wants to be different.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

"I want my taxed income allocated for education to stay in Utah so I can tell my school district how to spend MY money for the benefit of MY children."

Interesting delusion that some have that "their" taxed income is still "their" money. It is no longer "YOUR" money, it is "OUR" money. Sorry, but that is part of the price of living in a Republic.

Mamma C
HEBER CITY, UT

This is a wise, timely attention shift. Right now, the federal government is attempting to take over our education. (See the "Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. Department of Education and the SBAC" -online- for proof that the feds own the Common Core testing system and the nationwide data collection).

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

@ Moderate

When my wallet is confiscated at the point of a barrel, even though it's no longer in my possession, it's still my money.

When this kind of lawlessness becomes status quo; the new norm, we are no longer living in a Republic. Our form of governance has decended to taht of a tip horn regime.

(Incidentally, I do support Constitutional taxation.)

worf
Mcallen, TX

I wish Romney would get rid of standardized testing and government intrusion with curriculum. Our high unemployment and entitlement is evidence of an intrusive government.

Modify EPA and NEA.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Wasn't it a Republican (and a pretty conservative one at that) who came up with "No Child Left Behind"? And didn't that have as a goal improving educational performance in states which are mainly run by Republicans?

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

As a proud union family, I can testify to the power of collective bargaining to promote great schools on a balanced budget. With union cooperation, our school paid off it's building loans 2 years ahead of schedule. With union cooperation, our district was able to lower the cost of insurance and teacher retirement benefits. With union cooperation, our achievements on standardized tests are above state and national averages, and on target. With union cooperation, our district has a $2 million dollar fund balance, which allows our school to function without taking out any yearly loans. All this, in the 2nd poorest county in our state. Collective bargaining is local control. By grabbing centralized power, Romney would destroy what is working in our district. Romney is not interested in education, aside from the Bain-ish mining of public school money, for private profiteering.

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