How the federal shutdown is affecting education

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  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    Why is the Federal government in the education business anyway? If and when the new budget is passed, hopefully it won't include any education subsidies. States should handle their own education.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    Several problems with this story.

    First, there is no need for the federal government to be involved in education at all. The entire Department of Education and every employee should be shut down permanently. They add complexity and overhead and produce little or nothing of value except bureaucratic administrivia. Sure, the dole out lots of money, but the cost for them to do so is unacceptable.

    Second, the "Head Start" Program has been studied and the results show that there is no significant long term educational benefit. It is another "feel good" program (among dozens of others) that no one will end because "we have always done it that way" and most beneficiaries are minorities and thus any criticism is branded as racist.

    The federal debt has been run up by hundreds of programs and agencies like this, and we cannot continue doing anything but the most essential and effective programs. Time to end Head Start and the Department of Education-- unless you want to cut Social Security and Medicaid instead.