House Republicans advocate for Department of Education hiring freeze

Some House Republicans are advocating for a hiring freeze at the Education Department.

The proposed Fostering Resource Efficiency in Education by Zero Employment (FREEZE) Act aims to prevent both the hiring of new employees and the creation of new positions within the U.S. Department of Education.

The bill was introduced by Congressman Aaron Bean (FL-04)Mary Miller (IL-15) and Nathanial Moran (TX-01).

“Parents should have the loudest voice in their kids’ educational development, not unelected government bureaucrats. It’s past time to get the feds out of the classroom and stop the ever-increasing bureaucracy at the Department of Education,” said Bean. “Imposing a hiring freeze at the department is just the first step to decrease the role of the federal government and return education policy to where it belongs—the state and local level,”

The bill is likely a long shot to pass through Congress. However, it does highlight the deep partisan divide around education. This is not the first time the GOP has floated the idea of shrinking the Department of Education. Presidential hopeful and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis even pledged to eliminate the agency if elected.

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