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Marco Rubio says nation doesn’t need U.S. Education Department

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Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the U.S. doesn’t need a federal Education Department. The Florida senator spoke at a town hall meeting of about 200 people on Tuesday in Carson City. He’s on a multi-stop tour of northern Nevada. Rubio says the department starts out by making suggestions, then turns them into mandates and forces schools to implement them in order to receive federal money. He says some of the department’s duties could be divided among other agencies. Rubio…

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As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

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Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010…

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Jeb Bush unveils six-point plan on immigration

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There are two issues that could prevent Republican primary voters from embracing a Jeb Bush candidacy when they begin going to the polls next year — his support of the Common Core education standards, and his perceived “weakness” on immigration. Hours before Bush will join 13 other GOP presidential candidates in the first debate of the political season from New Hampshire tonight, the former Florida Governor has released a six-point plan laying our his vision on how to handle the situation with…

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Common Core critics protest Jeb Bush speech in Tampa

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Two hours before Jeb Bush was scheduled to address hundreds of people at the Hillsborough County Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Tampa, 15 opponents of Common Core education standards stood outside the Pepin Hospitality protesting the former Florida governor’s appearance. “I’m against anything that nationalizes education,” said Emma Jane Miller, a former private school teacher from Valrico who helped organize the rally. She’s also a member of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, and said she was unhappy that she…

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Where they stand: Jeb Bush on key topics of 2016 campaign

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, aides say, and plans to announce that June 15. Here’s where he stands on some of the issues likely to be debated in the campaign. IMMIGRATION Bush supports a system that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to stay, if they plead guilty to illegal entry, pay penalties and past-due taxes, learn English and perform community service. Bush views such a system as vital to accelerating…

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Ted Cruz brings the energy in New Hampshire

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Ted Cruz headlined the daytime portion of the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, where 20 presidential candidates or those seriously thinking about it came to speak. “What a testament to the desire for Americans: We want something new , we want new leadership to change the page, and to turnaround,” the 44-year-old U.S. senator from Texas said as he began his remarks. “You know the Democratic version of this I’m pretty sure is Hillary Clinton having a conversation…

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Jeb Bush says liberals in Florida are “angry” that some say he wasn’t a conservative governor

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Jeb Bush attempted to convince some skeptical Republicans in New Hampshire on Friday that he’s not as moderate as he’s been depicted by some because of his stances on immigration and Common Core. “The funny thing is in Florida, those that are on the left that are really upset that people are calling me something I’m not,” he said after a woman in the audience said she feared the Republicans were going to “coronate” Bush like the Democrats may end…

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