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Trump Pondering Merger of Education Department with Labor Department; Educators Quick to Object

June 29, 2018

On June 20, several news agencies reported that the Trump Administration is considering making a formal proposal to merge of the federal Department of Education with the federal Department of Labor into a single agency as part of a larger plan to restructure the government.

President Donald Trump's proposal would be a long shot since reorganizing the government will need approval from Congress. Trump's predecessor, President Barack Obama, tried and failed to combine several agencies focused on trade and commerce.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came out in support of the government restructuring plan, saying it's a "big step" toward fulfilling Trump's campaign promise to "reduce the federal footprint in education and to make the federal government more efficient and effective."

"This proposal will make the federal government more responsive to the full range of needs faced by American students, workers, and schools," DeVos said in a statement. "I urge Congress to work with the Administration to make this proposal a reality."

National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García was swift to issue a statement opposing what she called “a radical merger of two federal agencies” that is “at best ill-conceived and poorly timed and at worst are an attempt to distract the American public from the humanitarian crisis he created along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

She added “The public outcry over the Trump administrations inhumane policy to separate children and families seeking protection is unequivocal. The Trump administration should focus on fixing this problem, stop traumatizing children, instead of manufacturing distractions. Trump needs to get serious about governing and about addressing the real pressing matters facing our country.”

Source: EdBrief staff

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