“The Department of Education: I will either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller. I’m not going to get rid of it entirely,” Romney said, explaining that part of his reasoning behind preserving the agency was to maintain a federal role in pushing back against teachers’ unions. Romney added that he learned in his 1994 campaign for Senate that proposing to eliminate the agency was politically volatile.
Isn’t this backwards? Is it a coincidence that some of the strongest pushback/rejection of the straight teachers union party line happened at the very time the Department had more money at its disposal than ever before – in the wake of the 2009 economic recovery package? Besides, if education is a national crisis – as Republicans keep saying it is and the evidence would support – how do you square that with walking away from national solutions and leadership?