The president of the United States has proposed combining the departments of education and labor into a single agency called the Department of Education and the Workforce.
He has also called for restructuring the U.S. Postal Service as well as the potential privatization of the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control services in a 132-page document detailing an overhaul of federal government agencies.
The merger has its roots in a plan proposed last year by Mick Mulvaney, who directs the Office of Management and Budget.
The new department would be divided into four subagencies and is supposedly designed to reduce redundancy across various agencies.
“We’re extremely skeptical of the motivations here given how hostile Betsy DeVos and President Trump have been to public education, workers and unions. It seems like this move is just cover for continuing their agenda to go after public schools, gut civil rights and equity protections, provide support for predatory student loan companies and prey on workers.” — Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
The proposed restructuring will require the approval of Congress. President Barack Obama attempted a similar move during his administration and was unable to get past the legislative branch.
Naturally, pro-privatization Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is an avid supporter of the proposal.
“This proposal will make the federal government more responsive to the full range of needs faced by American students, workers, and schools. I urge Congress to work with the Administration to make this proposal a reality.” — DeVos
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