Thursday, May 8, 2014


The following was written in November 2013 as a response to the questionnaire for federal candidates seeking an endorsement from the Liberty Caucus of the Republican Conference (i.e., the Republican Party).

Here is the link to the original questionnaire:

This is my answer to Question #5.

5. C and D
   (Children's parents and local school boards should decide what is a proper education for children; not the state education boards, nor the federal Department of Education)
   The proper education for children should be decided primarily by (C) the child's parents and (D) the local school boards; not by (A) the Department of Education or (B) the state education boards.
   This is because there is no enumerated authority in the Constitution for the federal government to regulate education, and because powers not vested in the federal government are retained by the states and the people.
   Constitutionally, the authority to regulate education is vested in the people and the states. The purpose of having territories of policy influence be clearly delineated amongst the states and the federal government is to ensure that most governance is done near the people it governs, and that a community of people should govern itself instead of a distant authority (whether foreign or central).
   Therefore it follows that local solutions should be chosen so long as they are not only close but also sufficiently competent to make decisions. This is why I support giving the most decision-making authority regarding child education to (C) the child's parents, followed by (D) the local school boards, and lastly (B) the state education boards. I would vote to abolish the federal Department of Education, and I would only support federal regulation of education in a case in which it were to be passed as a constitutional amendment.

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