GOP Hopefuls Would Limit Federal Role In Education

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to education, the Republican field of presidential candidates has a unified stance. They all want the federal government out of schools. But how they'd do that varies.

Take the Education Department. Texas Gov. Rick Perry along with Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul want to close it. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich want it shrunk. And, Herman Cain says he doesn't think the department should be offering student loans.

Perry calls the Bush-era education accountability law No Child Left Behind a "direct assault on federalism," while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has long expressed animosity toward it.

Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has said "we need to get the federal government out of education," but he has been more willing to praise certain department policies.