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​​Education: "There are two subjects, indeed, which I shall claim a right to further as long as I breathe: the public education, and the sub-division of counties into wards. I consider the continuance of republican government as absolutely hanging on these two hooks." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1814. ME 14:84

I am a product of my education, from my elementary school teachers to high school.  I received a great education at M.T.S.U.    

I will move to abolish the Federal Department of Education. The 10th Amendment left that up to states to take care of.  Education is truly a local operation.  People can vote with their ballot or their feet if they want better schools.  Our federal education system has been about as effective as the War on Drugs. 

American Schools vs. the World: Expensive, Unequal, Bad at Math

2012:    Schools Are More Segregated Today Than During the Late 1960s

​2015:    American schools are 'more segregated than they were in the 1960s,' says Hillary Clinton

2018:    The data proves that school segregation is getting worse

​U.S. Students Slide In Global Ranking On Math, Reading, Science

Best Countries for Education

Global grade: How do U.S. students compare?

Testing in China?  Chinese Students Face Up to 7 Years in Prison for Cheating on College-Entrance Exams

Testing in America? (Bad Language, Sorry) 

Testing in Tennessee?  Lawmakers press for answers on TNReady 'debacle'

I am against Charter Schools and Waivers.  Why?  My philosophy of teaching is "Kids can not pick their parents."  If a school system is bad, it is equally bad for all.  The 14th Amendment covers Equal Protection. I submit to you that once you allow Charter Schools or Waivers, you are violating the Equal Protection of kids who do not have parents concerned enough about their education to take action to investigate a Charter School or apply for Waivers.  

​Lots of absences, disparities with school discipline, report finds

The nation’s largest school districts are rushing to fill the coding gap

Donovan Livingston's Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Speech

One constant about taxes. They are always raised 'for the kids' but then moved somewhere else so they can come back and ask for even more money 'for the kids':  When the oil boom went bust, Oklahoma protected drillers and squeezed schools and Why don't we let the school board raise taxes?

Please see  My Response to Senator Lamar Alexander on Betsy DeVos's Confirmation to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary  for updates.