The Cure for ED

Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona aims to “shut down” Grand Canyon University (GCU) an allegedly  “predatory” school, and already slapped with a fine of $37.7 million.  As Sir Bedevire (Terry Jones) might say, who is this who is so wise in the ways of scholarship and the law?

According to his official bio, “Cardona earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Connecticut.” The bio does not explain that Cardona’s degrees are all in “education,” a non-discipline most useful as a bureaucratic credential. Nobody voted for Miguel Cardona, who now commands a predatory agency that rewrites laws such as Title IX and aims to shut down a thriving independent university. GCU contends that “Mr. Cardona’s inflammatory comments, are legally and factually incorrect.” Also on shaky legal ground is federal Department of Education, better known as ED.

Jimmy Carter established the new federal agency as a payoff to the National Education Association (NEA)  which endorsed his run for president in 1976. The new bureaucracy expanded the federal payroll but did nothing for student achievement. In 1983, four years after ED was established A Nation at Risk warned that “the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.”

Education is the purview of the states, so ED should be shut down at first opportunity. That will prevent predatory types like Cardona, who faces strong competition in the race for worst federal ED boss.

For low-income students in Washington, the best alternative to government schools is the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships Program, a choice program run by Congress. Not content simply to oppose the program, Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan rescinded 216 scholarships already granted, and as the Washington Post observed, “nine out of 10 students who were shut out of the scholarship program this year are assigned to attend failing public schools.” Most of the students are black, so if any of the parents thought Duncan’s actions were racist it would be hard to blame them.

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