Contact: Butch Porter, Secretary
Email: wdporter at gmail dot com
Website: educationchoice.org; americanconservativeparty.com
1900 Campus Commons Dr. Suite 100
Reston, VA 20191
Dec. 4, 2013
For immediate release
CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL PARTY SEEKS TO ABOLISH DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Sweeping changes urged for nation’s schools
Reston, VA – The American Conservative Party, a grassroots affliliation of voters from across the United States, has launched an internet-based campaign calling for local control of schools and an end to the federal Department of Education.
On its newest website, educationchoice.org, the ACP’s introduces its Principles of Education Reform, which reads in part:
The American Conservative Party is committed to the complete and comprehensive reform of our education system at every level of government. Tyranny has always been best achieved by capturing the minds of the youth; they are the easiest to convince and exploit. After four full generations of bad policy on education, which has only gotten exponentially worse since the inception of the Department of Education in 1979, the cause of education reform is now more important than ever. Our children have been used as both a captive audience and a political bludgeon, resulting in more money spent on education employees and more union dollars spent on maintaining a tight grip on both the status quo and the minds of the young.
Public schools are not supposed to be jobs programs for teachers, a replacement for parents or places to build community. Instead, the ACP proposes that “the purpose of education is to help children grow to become self-supporting, productive, and responsible citizens.” To achieve that end, the ACP advocates elimination of the Department of Education and removal all federal entanglements from public school systems.
“There is absolutely no empirical evidence that federal involvement in education has yielded any net-positive educational outcomes. In fact, since the elevation of the Office of Education to the cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979, all objective measures have shown that overall educational performance has gone down and educational disparities have widened,” the ACP says on educationchoice.org.
Moreover, education was not included in the U.S. Constitution as one of the powers given to the federal government and, as such, the ACP writes, the federal government’s involvement in education stands on shaky ground and could very well be unconstitutional.
“States and localities should be allowed to set their own priorities and educational agendas, and let their respective citizenries be the ultimate arbiters of success or failure,” according to the ACP. “This approach makes for a much more vibrant and diverse educational landscape than could ever be established through federal control.”
The party’s core principles on education are outlined in four key points:
Defining the purpose of education
Empowering local communities to have more control over schools
Expanding educational choice, including vouchers, homeschool, charter schools, tuition tax credits and distance-learning
Creating fiscal accountability and transparency in school budgeting
Visit the website at educationchoice.org to learn more.
About the American Conservative Party
The American Conservative Party is a Political Party formed in February 2008 by a group of bloggers and activists, who felt that an expressly independent organization with a clear mandate for limited and enumerated government was required in order to move the body politic, and the country to the right for the long term. For more information on the ACP, you can visit their website: americanconservativeparty.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or write: 1900 Campus Commons Dr., Suite 100; Reston, VA 20191.