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August 20, 2020

Democrats' Platform: End High-Stakes Tests, Limit Charters, Pay Teachers More

The Democrats' 2020 platform calls for tripling federal aid to disadvantaged students, "more stringent guardrails" for charter schools, and it declares that education is a public good, not a commodity.

August 18, 2020

Jill Biden Highlights Parents' Frustrations and Fears About Schools During Pandemic

The Aug. 18 program for the Democratic National Convention, which included the party's official nomination of Joe Biden for president, also featured speakers discussing education funding, gun violence at schools, and internet access.

July 29, 2020

Bill to Help Schools Cut Ties With Police Introduced by Lawmakers

The proposal from four members of Congress demonstrated the ongoing interest among Democrats and others in cutting links between schools and law enforcement.

June 30, 2020

Democrats Push Big Education and Child Care Virus Relief Packages

There's growing pressure for schools to resume in-person instruction this fall as concerns intensify about school closures' impact on children, parents, and the economy.

June 01, 2020

Senator Aims to End Military Equipment Program Used by School Police

School police have acquired powerful rifles, mine-resistant vehicles, and grenade launchers through a federal program that provides military equipment to local law enforcement.

May 13, 2020

Biden-Sanders 'Unity' Task Force Taps AFT and NEA Leaders, Ed. Committee Boss

The AFT's Randi Weingarten and the NEA's Lily Eskelsen García join Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., on the task force put together by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

March 17, 2020

Key Senator Opposes DeVos' Plan for Teacher PD Vouchers

The creation of vouchers for teachers' professional development "violates both the spirit and intent" of federal law, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. says in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

March 04, 2020

Where the Democratic Presidential Front-Runners Stand on Education

What would a new Democratic administration mean for education? We're getting a clearer idea as former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders emerge as top contenders for the nomination.

February 18, 2020

How Could Michael Bloomberg's Education Record Play on the Democratic Debate Stage?

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will appear for the first time on the presidential debate stage Wednesday night, bringing with him a hands-on education record and some positions that run counter to those of his opponents in the Democratic primary.

December 19, 2019

Special Education Funding Gets Moment in Spotlight at Democratic Debate

Advocates for increased federal funding for special education cheered Thursday when the issue was raised on the Democratic presidential debate stage in Los Angeles.

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