Education and the 2020 Elections
This Proposition 13 would authorize a $15 billion bond for school modernization and construction projects. Here’s how it would break down: $9 billion for K-12 schools ,and $2 billion each for community colleges and the state’s two public university systems, the California State University and University of California.
Trump’s actions ahead of the 2020 election are fulfilling a promise he made earlier this month at an “Evangelicals for Trump” event. The president told evangelical supporters he would “be taking action to safeguard students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools.”
The Trump campaign has been angling to rev up support from religious voters critical to his political base, including Catholics and Evangelicals.
Dallas ISD is preparing to ask taxpayers for the largest school district bond in state history.
While details are months from being finalized, the district is considering three plans which range from $2.7 billion to $3.7 billion for the upcoming bond package, any of which would be the largest ever issued by a Texas school district, according to data from the Texas Bond Review Board.
City officials are discussing a faster timetable for the election to renew Pre-K 4 SA, the city’s early childhood education program, expecting it more likely to pass if voters get it in May rather than November.
The program stands a better chance, supporters believe, if it can be kept away from a bruising, high-turnout presidential election clouded by more controversial city ballot initiatives.
Gone from the Democratic primary, his education policy voice may yet return somehow.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker’s presidential bid is over. On January 13 he announced that he was suspending his long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination, citing a lack of funding and an inability to attract enough polling support to qualify for the debate stage.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren would capitalize on the federal government’s current legal authority and begin canceling existing student loan debt on her hypothetical first day in office.
In a plan released Tuesday, Warren said she would direct the Secretary of Education to “use their authority to begin to compromise and modify federal student loans consistent with my plan to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for 95% of student loan borrowers,” which equals about 42 million people.
You could be forgiven if you think all of the important news is happening on the national level lately. If you have a news app on your smartphone, you’ve likely had few mornings over the last several years when you didn’t wake up to a screen of alerts about big, national stories happening in Washington: scandals, investigations, bombastic tweets from the president.
The next School Board will be working with a new superintendent, with one of three finalists expected to be selected by next month. They will also make a decision on removing a school resource officer from one high school and potentially be involved with the run-up to November referenda.
At a meeting to select Indianapolis Public Schools board leaders, attention quickly turned to the November 2020 election. Four seats are on the ballot, and the results could help shape the direction of the state’s largest district for years to come.
A seismic change to how the state’s second largest school district operates could be afoot.
The Jersey City Council will vote on a resolution next week that would let voters decide whether the nine members of the Jersey City Board of Education continue to be elected by the public or are appointed by the mayor.
According to the latest student loan debt statistics, there are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Today, according to personal finance site Make Lemonade, student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category – second only to mortgages and higher than credit card debt and auto loans.
Some candidates have weighed in on the future of higher education, how to manage growing student loan debt, and how to pay off student loans faster.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday introduced a plan designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities, including children in the nation’s public schools, and ensure equitable treatment for them.
Warren’s campaign released “Protecting the Rights and Equality of People with Disabilities” on Monday, providing more detail on her broader K-12 education plan and her pledge to commit an additional $20 billion in grant funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Act and expand the program to cover more services for children, ages 3 to 5.
Democratic Presidential candidates clashed Thursday evening over how to make college more affordable, with dueling proposals that would either allow everyone to qualify for free tuition and public colleges and universities or only those who need the help the most.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have embraced the most progressive positions: a tuition-free model for all public two-year and four-year colleges and the wide-scale elimination of student loan debt.
What’s Ahead on the Education Beat in 2020?
From school safety to the youth vote, it's going to be a busy year
As the calendar turns to a new year (and a new decade, at least according to some), plenty of education issues from 2019 will be tagging along.
In the fall of 2020, the majority of public school districts across the state of Minnesota will ask voters to choose among newcomers and incumbents seeking a seat on their local school boards.
That list includes the state’s third largest school district — Minneapolis Public Schools — where three district seats and one at-large seat will be on the ballot.
The candidates are confirmed and the upcoming Los Angeles school board races are all but certain to make for a high-stakes election cycle that will pit teachers and their allies against backers of charter schools for influence over the nation’s second-largest school system.
The new year is likely to bring many education challenges for North Carolina and for Wake County — the largest school district in the state.
Issues will take place against the backdrop of the 2020 fall elections. In addition to casting ballots for president and Congress, voters will choose a North Carolina governor, General Assembly members and local school board and county commission seats.
Three years ago, after the 2016 presidential election, Daniela Cortez Cornelio said she felt nervous and uninformed. She hadn’t learned all that much about civics yet, so she struggled to reflect on national politics.
This week was different. By the time the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the 16-year-old said she’d already learned about the three branches of government, participated in a mock debate about merits of the impeachment process and watched many video clips of congressional hearings.
As college costs and student debt have risen, more attention — at least among Democrats — has been focused on increasing federal support for higher education. A few years ago, the conversation centered on lowering interest rates for borrowers, and then on making community college free. But now several candidates aim to make four-year public colleges free for some or all students. Some go further, promising to erase existing debt. The plans are expensive, but draw support particularly from young people struggling to afford college.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled a plan Friday to make tuition at four-year public colleges free for families earning up to $100,000. The move is part of a package of new economic policies aimed at boosting the fortunes of middle- and working-class Americans and positioning Buttigieg as a clear alternative to more liberal candidates.