Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Education

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Seth Moulton

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Joe Sestak

As President, I will work every day to improve our educational and training system and ensure that every American can access the high-quality education and skills they deserve.

Source: Candidate Website

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Andrew Yang

Propose the 10×10 Student Loan Emancipation Act, a plan by which the federal government would buy student loan debt (negotiated rate with the private lenders) and allow students to opt into a plan to repay it through pledging 10% of their salary per year for ten years, after which the balance would be forgiven. Change bankruptcy laws to make it easier to discharge educational debt. Expand a program that forgives the debt of graduates who work in rural areas or with underprivileged populations. Close schools with high loan default rates and consistently low employment placement success.

Source: Campaign Website

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Jay Inslee

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Tom Steyer

He helped close a massive corporate tax loophole to generate at least $1.7 billion for public schools.

Source: Candidate Website

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Mike Gravel

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Tulsi Gabbard

Teachers here remain underpaid and overworked. As your president I will give education the priority it deserves by investing in our children and listening to our teachers about how we can empower them to do what they do best.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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John Delaney

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Wayne Messam

Supports debt free college by fully funding Pell Grants and incentivizing states who provide tuition free college

Source: TYT Interview

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Tim Ryan

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John Hickenlooper

When I am president, we will make college more affordable, and we will stop ignoring the 2/3 of Americans who don't have a 4-year degree. We will have the greatest expansion of apprenticeship and skills training in the nation's history.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Beto O'Rourke

Let us invest in a world-class Pre-k through 12 public education system and ensure that we are paying our educators a living wage so that they don’t have to work a second or third job. Let’s graduate young women and men from high school who are career ready as well as college ready, able to pursue debt-free higher education or a job that provides purpose and a real paycheck.

Source: Candidate Website

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Donald Trump

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Marianne Williamson

Student loan-forgiveness programs, such as eliminating interest rates and fees on federal student loans.

Source: PBS

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Julián Castro

If we want to be the smartest nation on earth, we have to start early with universal pre-k for 3 and 4-year-olds. We have to improve k-12 education by paying teachers what they deserve, making sure we continue to reduce class sizes, and make sure that all kids have everything they need in their schools.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bernie Sanders

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Joe Biden

Parents shouldn’t have to worry about whether their kids will come home from school, and students shouldn’t have to sacrifice themselves for their friends days before graduation. We cannot let gun violence become an acceptable part of American life.

Source: Campaign Website

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Steve Bullock

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Elizabeth Warren

Free tuition at 2 and 4 year public colleges. Expand pell grants to pay for non-tuition costs. Cancel up to $50,000 in student debt for people making under $100,000 per year. (Cost $1.25 trillion over 10 years.)

Source: PBS

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Kamala Harris

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Bill de Blasio

One of de Blasio’s biggest accomplishments as mayor was the implementation of a universal pre-K program. About 70,000 New York City kids are now enrolled in the city’s pre-K system, up from roughly 20,000 before de Blasio took office. He also worked to reduce school suspensions, with mixed results. De Blasio has also drawn criticism for a failed education reform plan that cost more than $700 million.

Source: pbs

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Amy Klobuchar

We need to make sure all our children can get a great education. That means increasing teacher pay and funding for our public schools, with a focus on investment in areas that need it the most. And we need to make sure the rising costs of college aren’t a barrier to opportunity. Amy supports allowing borrowers to refinance student loans at lower rates, loan forgiveness for in-demand occupations, expanded Pell grants, and tuition-free one- and two-year community college degrees and technical certifications.

Source: Candidate Website

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Michael Bennet

Every kid in America ought ot have access to high quality pre-school. And every kid in America ought to be able to go to a K-12 school that even a Senator would send their kids to. And every kid in America who gets into the best college should be able ot graduate from that college debt free. And the 70% of kids in America who don't go to college ought to be able to earn more than minimum wage because we have given them the skills they need in high school or community college. And we need to pay teachers like the professionals that they are - not just a few percentage points more.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Cory Booker

We are for public school teachers, valuing them, supporting them, and raising their pay.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Eric Swalwell

Every American child deserves a world-class education in a modern schoolhouse, regardless of wealth or ZIP Code. And we must re-associate college with opportunity instead of crushing debt that leaves many unable to launch businesses, buy homes, or start families. We need no-interest federal student loans, tax-free employer contributions, and debt-free college for public university students who do work-study and commit to bettering their communities after graduation.

Source: Campaign Website

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Pete Buttigieg

We know that freedom comes through education, and that's why we need a president who will appoint a Secretary of Education who believes in PUBLIC education.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bill Weld

A GI kind of bill for displaced workers who are about to be displaced by new technology. It will involve the state governments because that is where the community colleges are, but there has got to be federal leadership there.

Source: Bloomberg Interview

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Our students need an education that provides the STEM skills and experience necessary for the jobs of the 21st-century economy.

Source: Campaign Website

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