Carly Fiorina: 'We' Don't Know What U.S. Department Of Education Does

| by Michael Allen

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina reportedly claimed that it is unknown what the U.S. Department of Education does or what it spends taxpayer dollars on.

According to ThinkProgress, Fiorina made her remarks at an event promoted by The Seventy Four, an education site started by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown.

Fiorina reportedly said:

"What we need to do is have zero-based budgeting in the federal government. That’s a fancy word for saying every single department has to justify every single dollar every single year. We don’t know what the Department of Education does anymore. We don’t know what they’re doing. We don’t know what they’re spending money on."

ThinkProgress notes that the U.S. Department of Education's 2014 financial report clearly states what the government office does and where it spends its money.

The report summarizes that the department engages in "establishing policies related to federal education funding, including the distribution of funds, collecting on student loans and using data to monitor the use of funds; supporting data collection and research on America's schools; identifying major issues in education and focusing national attention on them; and enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination in programs that receive federal funds."

Additionally, the department's website also explains what it does in the areas of education grants, loans, laws and gathering data. 

Fiorina told the Caucus Candidate Forum Series in Iowa on Aug. 17: "I think people of genuine faith, whatever their faith is, I'm a Christian, but people of genuine faith, I believe, make better leaders. and I don't say that with disrespect to anyone."

Fiorina went on to say that she believes faith gives people empathy, humility and optimism, notes The Des Moines Register.

Sources: U.S Department of Education (2), ThinkProgressThe Des Moines Register / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr