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Reading the Tea Leaves: What a Ryan Vice Presidency Means for Education

With the Republican Convention getting underway in Tampa, a fair amount of attention will be focused on presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s plans for public education.

But what about his vice-presidential choice of Paul Ryan?

Eduwonk Andrew Rotherham shared Whiteboard Advisors’ new  Education Insider report which determined the Ryan pick wasn’t considered significant for education. The report is built off of surveys with “the handful of decision makers that are driving the process,” according to Whiteboard’s website.

But as Rotherham notes, some people are excited by the Ryan pick, including Rick Hess, resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education tried to prognosticate how the higher education waterfront would change with Ryan inhabiting Number One Observatory Circle (the official digs of the Vice President). Though his budget proposals pare down federal loan subsidies and Pell grants, it’s unclear if any of those cuts will come to fruition. The Huffington Post’s Joy Resmovits notes Romney and Ryan have pledged support for education initiatives that put the two slightly at odds on standardized testing. Still, the shots come from whoever occupies White House, and as far as Inside Higher Ed is concerned, Romney’s policy preferences on higher education are vague.

What do you think? Is the Ryan selection “a serious choice, with serious implications for 2013 and beyond”? Or would “any campaign advisor argue that an education pick would be a game-changer in this election (or almost any other national contest)”?

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