Presidential Candidates on the Issues

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Barack Obama: Obama’s Education Department has instituted the Race to the Top competitive grant program to encourage school districts to create innovative ways to ensure that students graduate from high school college- or career-ready. The administration also has restructured and expanded federal financial aid programs.

Newt Gingrich: Gingrich supports the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, but says he would “dramatically shrink” the Education Department and eliminate most of its regulations.

Mitt Romney: Romney favors No Child Left Behind’s federal accountability standards and has reversed an earlier position that would shutter the Education Department.

Rick Santorum: Santorum proposes a “significantly” smaller Education Department. He also believes that early-childhood education programs are an attempt by government to “indoctrinate” children.

(Photo: MIKE BROWN/Reuters)

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