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Fixing the Student Debt Crisis


That’s one of several proposals the Republican presidential candidate laid out Monday to make college more affordable. Unsurprisingly, Bush’s plan has a free-market, conservative bent and it doesn’t go the way of the Democratic presidential field in proposing increased government spending as a way to offer tuition or debt-free college for students. But unlike some of his Republican rivals who have proposed dismantling the Department of Education, Bush’s plan does share at least one tenet in common with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and includes other student debt fixes with bipartisan support.

“In a primary that has lacked a major policy focus to say the least, it’s nice to be able to grapple with some thoughtful proposals,” said Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that advised the Clinton campaign on its college affordability plan.