2019 House Concurrent Resolution 1006 - Printed

State of South Dakota  


Introduced by:    Representatives Howard, Beal, Brunner, Dennert, Frye-Mueller, Glanzer, Goodwin, Gross, Jensen (Kevin), Johnson (Chris), Latterell, Livermont, Marty, Mills, Miskimins, Mulally, Otten (Herman), Pischke, Qualm, Randolph, Rasmussen, Steele, Weis, and Willadsen and Senators Nelson, Blare, Bolin, DiSanto, Greenfield (Brock), Jensen (Phil), Maher, Russell, Stalzer, Steinhauer, and Sutton

        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Instructing South Dakota's congressional representatives to support an effort in Congress to terminate the U.S. Department of Education.
    WHEREAS, neither the Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the authority under the United States Constitution to dictate how and what children must learn in school; and
    WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education was established in 1979 as a political move to assist in the re-election bid of James Earl Carter, Jr.; and
    WHEREAS, the Republican Party takes a position against federal involvement in education, stating in their platform: "The federal government should not be a partner in that effort, as the Constitution gives it no role in education," and further rejects ".the dark view of the individual as human capital - a possession for the creation of another's wealth"; and
    WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education employs over four thousand five hundred bureaucrats whose salaries average one hundred five thousand dollars per year; and
    WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education exercises dictatorial control over state and local schools through controversial, expensive, and experimental education schemes, such as Common Core Standards and the recent Every Student Succeeds Act; and
    WHEREAS, the intellectual and moral development of South Dakota children should not be determined by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.; and
    WHEREAS, states and local communities are best positioned to design curricula that meet the needs of local students; and
    WHEREAS, Senator Mike Rounds made abolishing the federal Department of Education a central campaign promise:
    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Fourth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the United States Congress pass H.R.899, as introduced by Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District in the 116th Congress; and
    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be formally transmitted to the speaker and clerk of the United States House of Representatives, to the president pro tempore and the secretary of the United States Senate, and to the members of the South Dakota congressional delegation.

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