2020 Democratic presidential candidates and education policy | IN 60 SECONDS

2020 Democratic presidential candidates and education policy | IN 60 SECONDS

Democratic front-runner Joe Biden
recently sketched his education agenda for 2020. He promises to triple federal spending on
districts with large numbers of low-income students, double the number of health professionals
in schools, provide universal pre-K, embrace race-based policies, and even “defeat”
the NRA. There’s not a mention of accountability
or of charter schools. This would be the most liberal
education agenda in American history. But remarkably, compared to his presidential
rivals, Biden’s plan looks centrist, and rather modest. Key Democratic rivals have promised hundreds of billions in new education spending. Both parties have long wooed the center when
it came to education. It’s how Republicans showed their soft side
and Democrats like President Obama showed their reformist bona fides. But, today, President Trump oversees arguably
the most conservative Department of Education in history, and Democrats have responded in
kind. Whoever wins in November 2020, federal education
policy looks set to be an increasingly partisan affair. Do you think education’s going
to be a partisan issue in 2020? Let us know in our poll. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like our scholars to cover in 60 seconds, and be sure to like and subscribe for more research and videos from AEI.

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  1. I’m so thankful the Democratic Party is finally showing their true colors. Their honesty on their socialist ideology will be their downfall.

  2. I doubt that education will be an issue. It may be seen as an issue but only as a beard for the true issue which is money, who gets it, and power, who exercises it.

  3. An easier summary for you: The guy who would have beat Trump last time has another shot at it. Everything else is just details.

  4. If throwing money at the public education system hasn't worked for the past 3 decades, what makes people think it'll work now?

    True reform starts with campaign finance reform. As it always has. Get rid of the absurd political influence of teacher's unions.

  5. Republicans want teachers to work for free and Democrates want to pay teachers well. Paying teachers is socialism and the more you pay them the more socialister it is.

  6. Hmm Joe Biden is a middle-age white man – cocaine and his son appear in the background – so not Joe China – but CHINA WHITE? Wait that tickles the memory… α-Methylfentanyl is an opioid analgesic that is an analog of fentanyl… hmm seems that the epidemic racking the nation is moving higher up the chain…

  7. Higher Education is incredibly corrupt in their spending practices, often most Universities commit downright financial fraud, with little oversight from the Feds DoE, and even less from the states. Most countries spend about 3/4 of every dollar on k-12 while the U.S. spends 70 cents of every dollar on Higher education. Colleges and Universities don't operate in a free market because student loans ensure the credit exists to pay these abhorrent prices. Nowhere in the world does it take a quarter million dollars for medical school except United States where markets are supposed to give us the best prices in the world not the worst. Unfortunately the attempts at deregulating the University system have lead to an explosion of for profit colleges that exacerbated a problem into a crisis. As long as unelected University board members across the country, who control hundreds of billions of dollars in education spending, many of whom use this opportunity for self enrichment, are allowed to spend public tax and loan dollars as they see fit the U.S. education system will remain the most expensive with embarrassing results. If the Universities were treated more like public utilities, the faculty and staff just might start serving students instead of the personal interests of board members.

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