During the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney announced he
would not cut education funding. However, one education analyst
says that might not be entirely true.
At the same time he is promising to rein in federal spending,
GOP presidential candidate Romney says he is not planning to cut
education funding and grants. But Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute says
there are bound to be some reductions.
"[Like in] some redundant programs, you might see
reduction in student loans -- so you'd see those kind of cuts, but
I don't think you'd see any real substantive cuts, any real
reductions in funding for Title I or IDEA or community schools,"
He says it is very hard to predict exactly what Romney would do
if he were to become president.
"... I think it's very much on purpose that he doesn't give a
whole lot of specifics because he doesn't want to become targeted
...," he remarks. "Invariably someone is receiving the money, and
he doesn't want to be nailed down by any of them as being against
education or healthcare or anything else."
Romney was also critical of the $90 billion President Obama
spent on failed "green energy" projects. He said that amount of
money could fund two million additional teachers.