Kathie Allen: Eliminating the Dept. of Education doesn't add up - Dr. Kathie Allen for Congress Kathie Allen: Eliminating the Dept. of Education doesn't add up - Dr. Kathie Allen for Congress

Kathie Allen: Eliminating the Dept. of Education doesn’t add up

Dr. Kathie Allen’s latest op-ed has been published in the Deseret News:

Do we need a Department of Education? I consulted their website and found this mission statement: “ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

“Fostering educational excellence” means ensuring equal educational quality across the 50 states, just as our national highway system ensures that we have quality roads across all 50 states.

“Preparation for global competitiveness” is especially important in Silicon Slopes. If Utah is to continue attracting new businesses, our schools must produce graduates who can compete with graduates from around the world. Skilled workers won’t want to move to Utah if their kids will receive an inferior education.

Thirteen percent of Utah’s education budget is derived from federal funding — according to the National Education Association, that’s $76.6 million for 3rd District schools. This money is earmarked to protect kids with disabilities — kids with cerebral palsy, autism, blindness, deafness and other special needs. Without federal protections, these children are at risk of losing the accommodations they need to have an equal chance at learning. Statewide, according to the Center for American Progress, 104,133 students could lose funding, and 4,541 Utah teachers could lose their jobs.

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Title IX deserves special mention because it protects women from sexual discrimination in sports, in school clubs, but also in life. With 1 in 3 female students at UVU stating they have been the victims of unwanted sexual contact, it is plain to see that Title IX is still relevant.