Education and the 2020 Elections
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said this week that her pick for U.S. secretary of education would have to win approval from a “young trans person” who believes the nominee is “committed to creating a welcoming environment” in the nation’s schools.
It’s well known that America’s teachers don’t look much like the country’s students. It turns out that the voters who elect America’s school boards don’t, either.
A new study appears to be the first of its kind to quantify the demographic mismatch, and it’s sizable. Across four states, including California, researchers estimate that school board voters are much whiter and more affluent than the public school student body.
Education wasn’t one of the top five issues voters cited in a recent poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California — a notable absence for an issue that’s historically been at or near the top of their worry list.
And yet two big education funding proposals are on their way to the ballot.
Most of the Democratic presidential candidates have prioritized tackling the nation’s staggering student debt crisis and many have called for some form of debt forgiveness. But while campaigns have made college financing a major issue, and are likely to continue doing so in the final push before the Iowa Democratic caucus on Feb. 3, some voters say it’s just one of many factors that will impact who they cast their vote for.
Many of the candidates have also proposed wholesale changes to the higher education system, including free college at public institutions.
Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal for education has drawn sharply differing reactions from the candidates running for Legislative District 6. The budget plan continues to cut taxes and add to the reserves, but also includes new money for teacher raises, school counselors and capital needs.
However, even with the proposed increases in the governor’s budget, Arizona would remain near the bottom in per-student funding, high school graduation rates, college attendance rates, class sizes and teacher salaries, according to various national surveys.
Nine years ago, Occupy Wall Street activists in Zuccotti Park made an ambitious demand that was met with laughter and scorn: They called, for the first time ever in an organized way, for mass student-debt cancellation.
But a remarkable shift has unfolded in just a few years: A once-fringe idea is now part of mainstream political debate.
Free College, Debt Forgiveness, Pell Grant Expansion Dominate Higher-Ed Issues for Democratic Candidates
As the Democratic presidential primary race heats up and the list of candidates is winnowed, it’s time to take stock of their positions on higher education’s hot-button issues.
Here we look at the stances of the half-dozen candidates who participated in the final primary debate, in Iowa on January 14. This list may be updated as the campaign continues.
Here are the nuts and bolts on how each would push top higher-education policy concerns from the Oval Office.
Three candidates for governor of West Virginia let their ideas be graded by one of West Virginia’s big teachers unions.
Education issues have been front and center in West Virginia in recent years.
Two years ago, teachers went on statewide strike for nine days over pay and ever-increasing out-of-pocket costs for health insurance. Last year, an omnibus education bill that included a charter schools provision prompted a shorter teachers strike.
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.