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Trump Campaign Adds Aide for Education

August 30, 2016

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign has added Rob Goad, a policy adviser to Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer, to craft school choice policies for the campaign. Goad may also play a role in shaping on higher ed proposals for the campaign, according to a report by Education Week. 

Goad's background has been in K-12 education policy. But Messer, the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, in the past has suggested the federal student aid plays a role in driving up the costs of college -- a notion disputed by higher ed policy experts.

Trump's campaign has offered little in the way of concrete proposals on either K-12 education or higher ed policy. Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway promised earlier this month that the last week of August would be focused on education at the campaign. But few details have emerged so far.  

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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