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Eliminate Department of Education but keep Pell Grants

Ernst said her plan to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education won't affect Pell Grants. The Republican said she still would get rid of the federal agency, but college loans would then be housed within the Treasury Department. She said 94 percent of Education Department employees are deemed as nonessential, and that their salaries are better spent in the state.
Source: Politico.com e-zine on 2014 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2014

No federal involvement in Common Core standards

The candidates were asked their thoughts on the Federal involvement in education and the Common Core State Standards. Ernst said that she was not in favor of the standards. "The Federal government should not be involved," Ernst said. "We need to have standards, but we don't need the Common Core."

Whitaker also opposes the Common Core. "The Federal government does not belong in education," Whitaker said. He described the Common Core as a "one-size-fits-all, cram-it-down-your-throat" reform. He said that lawmakers should be focused on school choice instead.

Source: CaffeinatedThoughts blog on 2014 Iowa Senate primary debate , Oct 24, 2013

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