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STATEMENT: CAP Action’s Carmel Martin: Republican Presidential Candidates Offered No New Ideas on Education in Tonight’s First Primary Debate
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP Action’s Carmel Martin: Republican Presidential Candidates Offered No New Ideas on Education in Tonight’s First Primary Debate

Washington, D.C. — Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, released the following statement after tonight’s Republican debate highlighted how new rhetoric from GOP candidates cannot overshadow the harmful reality of the impacts of their policies.

Tonight, the GOP presidential contenders offered zero ideas and no proposals to improve our education system or make college more affordable. Instead of ideas to increase access to a quality education for all children—no matter their ZIP code, background, or income level—we heard more of the same conservative talking points to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education and lip service about the need to provide education from governors that have cut education funding in their own states. Providing a high-quality education for all of our students from cradle to career should be a top priority for any leader of this country.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Benton Strong at bstrong@americanprogress.org or 202.481.8142.