Since the Constitution grants the Federal Government no authority over Education, the 10th Amendment applies:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Federal Control of (and free provision of) Education has long been championed by communists and humanists as a means of overtaking and corrupting our American way of life.
Karl Marx, 10th Point of the Communist Manifesto:
10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
Humanist Manifesto II:
“We believe in the right to universal education.”
William Foster (On Using Education to Destroy America):
“…the schools, colleges and universities will be coordinated and grouped under the National Department of Education and its state and local branches. The studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic and other features of the bourgeois ideology. The students will be taught on the basis of Marxian dialectical materialism, internationalism and the general ethics of the new Socialist society. Present obsolete methods of teaching will be superseded by a scientific pedagogy.” (William Foster was the head of the USA Communist Party, Toward Soviet America )
Education should be free from all federal government subsidies, including vouchers, tax incentives, and loans, except with respect to veterans.
We support the unimpeded right of parents to provide for the education of their children in the manner they deem best, including home, private or religious.
All legislation from any level of government that would interfere with or restrict that liberty should be opposed.
Equitable tax relief for families whose children do not attend government schools should be provided for.
Compulsory attendance laws should be repealed. Parents need not defy the law by refusing to send their children to schools of which they disapprove.
We affirm the free market principles which drive improvement of education through non-traditional options such as internet-based schools, charter schools, Christian and private schools, as well as home schooling options.
WE CALL FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
There is no Constitutional provision that empowers the federal government to provide for and regulate the education of our children.
All current federal legislation related to education should be repealed. No new federal laws subsidizing or regulating education should be enacted.
WE OPPOSE ANY FEDERAL CONTROL OVER THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN:
Because control over education is now being relegated to departments other than the Department of Education, we clarify that no federal agency, department, board, or other entity may exercise jurisdiction over any aspect of children’s upbringing. Education, training, and discipline of children are properly placed in the domain of their parents.
Under no circumstances should the federal government be involved in national teacher certification, educational curricula, textbook selection, learning standards, comprehensive sex education, psychological and psychiatric research testing programs, and personnel.
WE CALL UPON THE LEGISLATURES OF THE STATES TO exercise their sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to nullify the “No Child Left Behind” Act, and all regulations imposed by the Department of Education, and to reject federal monies for grades K-12.