We need to maintain the Dept. of Education in at least some form to guarantee a minimum of standards and funding, regardless of any state's particular desire or ability to educate its children. 2018 as a deadline? Seriously? That gives no time whatsoever for local school systems to find alternatives to federal funding. Nor should they have to, basic high school level education should be a national priority. This administration's antagonism towards universal standards of healthy, happy, and productive living is terrifying.