Overseeing education and imposing national standards is not the purview of the federal government. That power is not given to the government and so by the tenth amendment is reserved for the states. I am not against education - I am against the federal government's Department of Education. And besides what is right and constitutional, let's talk about what is effective. Our per-capita education costs have climbed every year since the DoE was created in the 70s (keep that in mind - we educated our citizens well enough to do things like put a man on the moon even in the absence of a federal department). Our public education is the most expensive of any country and yet our performance is not in the top 20 according to numerous studies I keep seeing. It is NOT a funding issue - like I said, we spend the most of anyone. It is a stagnation issue because the federal standards discourage flexibility and innovation. But as I began, even more important than being effective or ineffective (although it is ineffective), it is unconstitutional. End the Department of Education.