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It is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that every institution is offering the right and valuable information to learners. That said, good education systems must factor in equity and quality, which give the learners equal opportunities regardless of their backgrounds. It is also worth mentioning that educational failure comes with consequences but not only to the student but also to the society. 

On the other hand, good education comes with spending. This is perhaps the reason why the U.S. Department of Education is ready to put in more than $30 billion to carry out a study in federal education. The study aims to integrate robust systems and processes into K-12 education. This means it will bring together key advocates, researchers, and policymakers. 

Studies of federal programs carry important histories

Over the years, the Department of Education has continued to carry out studies aimed at advancing and unlocking the education industry. Between 2006 and 2010, there was a nine-volume report, which outlined the role of the federal funds in helping high-poverty stricken districts. 

Needless to say, investing in education has its overall benefits, and these are exactly what the U.S. Department of Education aims to unleash with the $30 billion projects. Funding for education is controlled by the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, while the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) manages the funding of students with disabilities.

But the proposed study has a handful of risks

The U.S. Department of Education is intentional and optimistic that the findings of the study will go a long way in revamping education. However, looking at it from another angle, there are chances that the findings could be misused.

The study could make students vulnerable if the findings outline the need to reduce the amount of funding to students. The questions on the students are reportedly having some kind of biases and restrictions and with no room for flexibility. 

Additionally, there are fears that Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary, is likely to use it to push her agenda on anti-public education. She has previously argued that the states should take the responsibility of students with disabilities. Her hostility towards these kind students is not a secret anymore.