The US Department of Education (DOE), also referred to as the Department of Educational Development (ED – probably to avoid confusion with the Department of Energy, also DOE), was established in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter signed the Department of Education Organization Act. Republicans opposed the legislation on constitutional grounds. However, Democrats prevailed using the Commerce Clause as progressives frequently do to reinterpret the Constitution to their own purposes. It's no surprise that establishment of the DOE was vigorously supported by the National Education Association (the teachers union).
Like a cancer, the DOE has extended its tendrils into every local school program. As its contribution to local school boards' annual budgets has increased, so has its influence. Local school administrators who fail to comply risk losing a significant portion of their funding. How absurd is it that the funds the DOE uses to control our schools come from us?
It is a well-established fact that local government is more efficient, certainly more economical, than federal government. Having taxes flow from the people to Washington and then return to be applied locally, diminishes their value. Each tier of government through which these monies pass take their bite. Thus, a dollar sent to Washington – a dollar that might have been spent locally for education – returns as something far less.
It's time to shut down the US Department of Education, the Department of Energy too, but that's another story.