The Washington, D.C., school system ranks among the worst in the country, despite spending a lofty $18,000 per student. According to Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, the federal government has sunk an astronomical amount of money into the system, and it has only intensified the crime and educational deficiencies in D.C. public schools. Therefore, Dr. Paul recommends a bold solution: Abolish the Department of Education.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in Idaho on Monday, Paul observed:
The federal government … has one responsibility in education, and that is over the city of D.C. So why shouldn’t the American people look at the example, look at the ability of the federal government to deal with an educational system. It’s probably the worst one in the country, unfortunately.
I mean it has more crime. It has more drugs, a terrible educational system and very expensive. And every year, the people from the city come to the Congress [requesting more funding]. And inevitably, they get more money. So they’re up to about $18,000 per student.
According to some statistics, homeschooling parents pay about $550 per year to educate their child; by comparison, taxpayers pay on average more than $10,000 per student in the public education system.
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Photo: The John A. Wilson Building, which houses the offices of the mayor and council of the District of Columbia.