Education is a rising issue for 2016 GOP class

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CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government's role in education is splitting potential presidential hopefuls in the Republican Party, with two prospective candidates personifying the divide.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush supports voluntary performance goals, called Common Core, in math and reading. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, meanwhile, calls the standards shared by 44 states a national "curriculum that originates out of Washington." The statement stokes the conservative grass roots, but Republican governors were among those who shaped the standards.

The argument is a proxy for the larger debate within the GOP over the proper role of the federal government.

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