The Obama administration’s report claims House Republicans’ education plan would cut 20 percent from the Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), eliminating 38,000 teachers aides and 27,000 special education teachers. Romney is more in favor of giving states block grants, allowing them and individual districts to make their own spending decisions. Ryan is a strong advocate for cutting the federal budget, including public education, over the next 10 years. The seven-term Wisconsin congressman is a strong critic of Obama’s educational policy, including his “Race To The Top” initiative, and he has called for slashing Pell grants, student loans, and job-training programs.
“Rather than relying on the federal government to ensure that students are given the capability to fulfill their potential, education ought to be governed by state and local boards more ably qualified to determine student need,” Ryan writes on his congressional website.
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