Department of Education

Denying Benefits to Actively Wanted Fugitive Felons

The USDA, VA, and SSA have programs, which deny benefits to persons who are wanted in other jurisdictions in local, state, and federal databases for felony offenses. These absconders from justice may use the benefits they receive to further their escape from facing justice and should not be entitled to taxpayer funds until their obligations have been satisfied. This program if implemented at ED is a direct alignment... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate the Department of Education

Do away with this agency completey and return the responsbility of education to the states and to the parents of children. Maintain a staff to run the Pell Grant program and do away with the rest. Having national standards for education is a complete waste of time. Education should be focused on developing an individual students talents instead of a broad liberal arts education. Having someone focus on a specific... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

In State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

The federal government should not support and state's tuition program if it involves an illegal alien. This illegal alien program to pay in state tuition fees no matter where they live is offensive. My children can not go to another state and pay in state level fees so why should they. When are we going to enforce our laws on immigration instead of causing a tumor on our already overburdened and expensive education... more »

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Department of Education

Better Management of Pell Grant Payments

Students that receive Pell Grants often have other sources of financial aid (such as state-funded programs and scholarships). Students often end up with more college funding than college bills. The surplus can be in the thousands of dollars. Students use this money to buy cars, high-end electronics, and other luxury items not associated with college. This is done at the taxpayer’s expense. Pell Grants should be paid directly... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Prisons

LABOR-Develop a reasonable labor requirement to cut cost the Govt, would otherwise spend on Fed employees, contractors, or private sector. Since they are receiving better healthcare than most, cable which some still can't afford, and exercise equipment which some can't afford or are to busy working to use, we might as well educate them and give them a skill so they may positively contribute to society. Maybe in the process... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Stop Minting Penny and Nickel

Call it the Small Change Act, the most a person would ever have to contribute on a single transaction would be 9 cents. I once read that the cost of making the penny and nickel, both outweigh the actual value of the coin. My proposal is similar to what some banks are starting to offer, in a keep the change program. On all *CASH* purchases, the total price, after sales tax, would be rounded up to the nearest amount,... more »

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Department of Education

Foreign Students

American education is by itself a big incentive for foreign students. They may not mind, if they could afford, to be paying their way through schooling in the USA.

 

Otherwise create loans for them like all Americans kids already need to get, so as to encourage and retain brilliant students from other countries.

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Department of Education

Remove Soda Machines from Schools

I suggest to make it a condition for federal funding that public schools do not serve or have soda machines available on the school grounds. The USA is facing a obesity epidemic. One of the leading causes is the amount of sugar in Soda. The medical costs are stagering to treat all the people with diseases that are caused by obesity, such as diabetes, heart conditions, and strokes. This would save millions from Gov't... more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate Service Academies, or ROTC, or BOTH

There is no need to have both military service academies and ROTC. I am more inclined to say eliminate the service academies and allow the institutional costs of running a university to universities and not the government. Military academies were a good idea in the days when military instruction wasn't performed anywhere else, but times have changed and the need for these service academies is no longer present. We currently... more »

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Executive Office of the President

The United States Government is the Worlds Largest Non Profit

Run it like one. We're not always busy. We're here when you need us... Pay us less. Train us to do better jobs, pay for our education, and then let us rejoin the private sector before we get a pension. Entry level US Government jobs, should be treated like the Millitary, come here, get skills, and then go do useful work. Cut management by at least 50%, it's almost all useless bureaucrats anyway. Use that money... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Lets all be “Jolly Green Giants”! Save: $$$, time, & our environ

If u don't have time to read my idea..it's good lol NO MORE SENDING LETTERS! This idea can be spanned into many departments. Just speaking for the edu dept, we send out more letters than anyone could count e.g. 1 case: Development ltrs when we need more info from the claimant, Certificate of eligibility, award ltrs for enrollments, many correction ltrs from amendments from school hour reductions or inc, withdraws,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Education

Maybe if we made more of a commitment such as; funding, programs, research, improvement/quality, dedication, out reach, promoting, rewarding, sponsored competitions, awards, etc, we might be able to get some smart kids to become smart adults and fix some of these issues we have now.

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Department of Defense

Single Online Education Resource

Combine the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard online training programs into a single web-enabled entity. Having multiple agencies and organizations manage the education of our combat personnel is inefficient and highlights the disparity and unfocused attempts the different services take on online education. It is simply a waste of time and money to break up online education into different areas for... more »

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Department of Defense

"It's Not My Money"

Educate government employees so that they understand that it really IS THEIR MONEY that they're wasting. This is one of the most common phrases in the military. The government is never going to reduce its own expenses. Individuals do that.

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Department of Education

Environmental Regulations for All Public Schools

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Vice President: Congratulations for opening this important dialogue! As a former MA & GA Teacher, and now a current DC Public School Teacher, I have been appalled at the enormous waste generated by our public schools, nation-wide. I have worked with my principal for 2 years, trying to get a simple recycling program started in our building. We asked the Mayor's office, the DOE, and even private... more »

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