So, I am issuing this request. The Republicans want to terminate the Federal Department of Education. Can you give reasons why it should be kept alive? (The 2010 budget for the Dept. is $3.6 Billion. )
SPARTY'S first answer:
I'm assuming that your question assumes the legitimacy of a federal role in education but questions the need for a separate department rather than a sub-cabinet office incorporated into another department such as Health and Human Services. With that, these are the reasons why I support a Department of Education:
1. It places education at the table when decisions are made in the executive branch
2. It gives education a position of importance in dealing with Congressional authorizations and appropriations that it wouldn't otherwise have.
3. Ronald Reagan wanted to abolish it.