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What Education Issues to Expect on Tonight's GOP Debate

The GOP Debates: What to Expect on Education

Tonight, the 17 candidates in the crowded pool for the Republican presidential nomination for the upcoming 2016 election will begin the very first round of debates. The 74million.org has predicted some of the big education topics that will be at the forefront of the debates should education be discussed. 

Of course, a huge topic of debate particularly among Republican candidates is the issue of killing the Common Core.

"Should education come up at either Thursday gathering, the most likely focal point will be the Common Core. It’s one of the two key issues (along with immigration) often used by Jeb Bush’s opponents to differentiate themselves from the former Florida governor," the article said.

Indeed, most Republican candidates aside from a small few are in opposition of Common Core standards- and even if they aren't, they're still likely to oppose what is being called government "overreach." Candidates will likely not be on board of any facet of education being incentivized federally.

On that same note of disdain for federal overreach in education, candidates are likely to discuss downsizing or even eliminating the Department of Education.

"Both Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have proposed eliminating the Education Department (which would require an act of Congress) and either ending federal K-12 funding or block-granting it to states to use as they please," the article said.

And, though it's not a definite, another issue involving education that is likely to be addressed, according to the article, is public unions at the Supreme Court.

"Although they’re more likely to discuss judicial appointments in the context of abortion, there are several high-profile cases now pending at the court that could upend the education world."

"One major case, Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, could overturn state laws requiring teachers and other public employees to pay union dues even if they disagree with the labor groups."

Unfortunately, education might not even be addressed in this preliminary round of debates.

However, "six of the gathered political leaders have already pledged to go in depth on key education issues at the Aug. 19 New Hampshire Education Summit, hosted by The Seventy Four and sponsored by the American Federation for Children."

That conference will be available for live streaming on the 74million.org.

Read the full article here and comment with your thoughts below.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

08/06/2015

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