While I agree that the federal government does not need to stick it's nose in everywhere in education, the Dept of Education ensures a good baseline of standards to be met by every state. Eliminating the Dept of Education erases that baseline and attempt at a level playing field and opens us up to varying degrees of satisfactory education. How about some much needed reform of the Dept of Education? Oversight should be just that, oversight - not like a mother hen or shadow that follows your every move. It should be more like, "this is the level playing field we are giving you, this is the expectation and I'm just going to stand over here and you let me know if you need my help." The federal involvement provides many protections for special needs students that may not exist if the Dept also ceases to exist. Those protections need to remain equal across the board. There is enough disparity already state to state, district to district and school to school without removing the federal baseline. Empower the states.., but don't remove the federal protections or the baseline.