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The Evolution of Marco Rubio's Education Policy and Common Core

The Republican presidential candidate favors a states' rights approach on education.
NASHUA, NH - APRIL 17: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Summit brought together local and national Republicans and was attended by all the Republicans candidates as well as those eyeing a run for the nomination.

NASHUA, NH - APRIL 17: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Summit brought together local and national Republicans and was attended by all the Republicans candidates as well as those eyeing a run for the nomination.

Photographer: Darren McCollester/Getty Images

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Standing inside a crowded classroom at Manchester Community College for his first public event as a Republican presidential candidate, Marco Rubio is making it clear that education will be one of the centerpieces of his unfolding campaign. 

"The job that 10 or 15 years ago allowed you to own a home and send your kids to college today leaves you one broken car away from disaster," Rubio said on Friday, putting the blame on "20th century policies" in Washington. "I'm running into students who graduate from college with a mountain of student loan debt, and degrees that didn't lead to jobs."