Forty-fifth President and leading 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to reporters and a huge crowd of supporters on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and promised to “abolish” the Department of Education.
Before speaking on stage, Trump told reporters, “I would like to end the Department of Education. It’s time. The country does very well in some ways, but badly in others. We did fantastically in everything.”
“We did as good as you can do in education, but you have to get rid of the Department of Education. Close it up,” Trump added.
“When you look at the list of countries, we’re always at the bottom. We spend more money on people and we’re always at the bottom of the list of forty countries,” Trump continued.
“We should close it up and let local areas… frankly, states handle education. I don’t know if that’s good politically to say or bad politically to say. But that’s the way it’s going to be. We are going to close it up,” Trump said.
While on stage, Trump doubled down and vowed to “abolish” the bureacracy that was founded in 1979.
Trump is correct. The Department of Education is failing at its mission and the federal government should relinquish its regulation of America's schools to the states.
In February, news broke of 23 Baltimore schools having zero students proficient in math after the latest round of state test scores were released.
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“Baltimore City’s math scores were the lowest in the state. Just 7 percent of third through eighth graders tested proficient in math, which means 93 percent could not do math at grade level,” according to Fox Baltimore.
“We, the taxpayer, are funding our own demise,” A Baltimore resident who filed a lawsuit against Baltimore City Schools, Jovani Patterson, said.
“We're not living up to our potential. My immediate reaction is, take your kids out of these schools,” Patterson added.
In addition to making bold statements about the role of the government in education during his speech, Trump also promised the Republican Party will “never” return to the “party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, and Jeb Bush.”
“But we are never going back to the party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, and Jeb Bush,” Trump said.
Trump crushed any questions of him not being the leader of the Republican party yet again with a 42-point landslide lead in the Conservative Political Action Conference's (CPAC) famous straw poll released on Saturday.
Trump came in first place, of course, with 62 percent. Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) came in second place with 20 percent, 42 points behind Trump.
With polls showing Trump in the lead amongst all potential Republican and Democrat challengers, any potential candidate will have an impossible battle if they attempt to usurp the favorite to win the 2024 nomination.
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