In a Facebook post this week, State Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) wrote that he’d talked with Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about her “being the last secretary of education.”
DeVos has acknowledged before that she’d “be fine” shuttering the Education Department.
Trump himself expressed a similar opinion, as have many leading Republicans, including former President Ronald Reagan.
Reached by phone Thursday, Hill said he and DeVos talked mostly about how states like “Colorado can do everything in education better than the federal government can do it.”
“We joked,” said Hill, “and DeVos said, basically, ‘You know what, if we can do all this stuff better at the local level, I wouldn’t have a problem being the last secretary of education.'”
“Local communities care most about our kids,” said Hill, who’s challenging U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in the GOP primary.
Hill “absolutely” wants to turn over all the functions of the education department to the states.
Education Department supporters say that states would, among other things, be unable to replicate the federal agency’s research and training programs, many of which are tied to federal grants.
Rick Perry named the Department of Education, along with the Department of Commerce, but forgot one of the three federal departments he’d shutter, during his oops moment back in 2011.
Here in Colorado, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has suggested the possible elimination of the Education Department.