Education still serves as the primary antidote to poverty in America. The Department of Education was created to facilitate student achievement in education by way of offering assistance to both individuals and schools. However, although the federal government has invested heavily in education, up almost 400% since 1970, test scores in America have remained flat. It is important Congress not equate spending more with caring more. Whether states should handle the majority of education decisions is up for debate, however one thing is clear, spending more will not automatically produce better students nor better citizens.

76.98 Billion Annual Budget

Betsy DeVos Secretary

5,000 Government Employees

Budget Growth 2012 - 2016

$3.53 Trillion

Annual budget for the federal government

$76.98 Billion

Percentage of Federal Budget