Dolan, Timken, And Vance Need To Answer: Do They Want To Eliminate The U.S. Department of Education? 

Columbus, OH — As the Ohio GOP Senate candidates race further to the fringe, Matt Dolan, Jane Timken, and J.D. Vance must answer whether they agree with the rest of the field in wanting to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. 

Three of the “Foul Five” GOP Senate candidates have called for eliminating the U.S. Department of Education. 

  • Josh Mandel tweeted, “Eliminate the US Department of Education.”
  • Bernie Moreno said (at the 41-minute mark), “We have to dismantle things… Like, imagine the Department of Education…We have to dismantle these things by defunding these departments slowly over time.”
  • Mike Gibbons said (at the 2-hour mark), “You give us a majority in the Senate that’s filibuster-proof and a majority in the House that’s filibuster-proof, and the first bill I will author is I will shut down the Department of Education.” 

Getting rid of the U.S. Department of Education would hurt Ohio students, jeopardizing funding for as many as 205,000 Pell Grant recipients and federal student loans for Ohioans. This radical plan could also cause many private schools as well as community colleges to close, leaving Ohio students to have to fend for their futures on their own. 

“Mandel, Moreno, and Gibbons would be no friend to Ohio’s students in the U.S. Senate. If they had it their way, these out-of-touch millionaires would jeopardize the funding for Pell Grants and student loans for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. While their opponents threaten to put Ohio students’ futures at risk, Dolan, Timken, and Vance must answer whether they agree with eliminating the Department of Education in order to gain support in this primary,” said Michael Beyer, a spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.