Wake County school board member John Tedesco is drawing fire for expressing support for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education.
In a post Sunday on the Progressive Pulse blog of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, Greg Flynn admonishes Tedesco for his Facebook comments. Flynn characterizes it as "absurdity" and a case of "you can't make this stuff up."
On Friday, Bill Isley posted on Tedesco's Facebook wall that "Would be great if we could shut down & eliminate the Fed. Dept. of Educ.......and return that $50Billion to the states/local. Guess that would be about a Billion $$$ per state.....hm hm."
Tedesco responded "that would be great."
Flynn argues that abolishing the Department of Education won't eliminate the need for school districts to comply with federal laws.
"Eschewing federal funding might release the yoke of compliance with some federal law," Flynn writes. "Much of that funding targets low achievement and low income students and is sorely needed. Yet, John Tedesco thinks that abolition of the US Department of Education 'would be great.'"