Friday, November 19, 2010

Redefinition/Resizing of the Dept. of Education


This is from the New York State master organizational chart which seems to be fairly straight forward in its intent. Of course, by down-sizing the Federal Dept., the State will bear a higher financial responsibility. This is offset by tax dollars that won't be needed in Washington, DC, and can stay in the individual States for the administration of the educational process. This also redefines the nature and scope of "education". By necessity, this narrows what we have become accustom to, and shifts some current responsibilities to other, more appropriate government departments (which also will be restructured to reflect our ability to pay for them). The Federal Department will have statutory and enforcement responsibilities. They will be, as will each State, required to have both internal and external audit mechanisms in place, and these audits will be enforceable. There will be leeway for the individual States to tailor their programs as they deem fit using the Federal "template"; bringing most of the decision making down to a more local level.

Other Federal Departments and Agencies can be cast in a similar light, thus vastly reducing the obscene size of our Federal bureaucracy, and removing most of the redundancy that weighs them down. If anyone is at all serious about creating an efficient National Government, you can't flap your gums ad nauseum. Somebody, anybody, has to grab this concept by the short hairs and simply get it done. No more studies; no more hearings, no more focus groups, let's get off our fat keisters and do what needs to be done.

This will shrink the department personnel by 75%, and require 20% of the current budget. It de-centralizes the education process by allowing the Federal Government structural, curricular, Professional, Cultural, certification, and competency management and oversight. There will be standard Mandates to ensure consistency and adherence nationwide to be used as templates for the individual State Dept.'s of Education.

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