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June 25, 2019

How Beto O'Rourke Handled a Question About Charter Schools: Carefully

Beto O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, participated in an American Federation of Teachers town hall in Miami as part of the union's ongoing public forums featuring 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

June 10, 2019

Democrats Once Proposed Tripling Charter Schools. Here's What's Changed

A look at the two major political parties' platforms since the first charter school law was passed shows how Democrats' positions on school choice have evolved, including increased calls for accountability.

June 09, 2019

You're a Democrat Who Opposes Vouchers. But You Benefited From Private Schools. Are You a Hypocrite?

Democratic candidates are quick to denounce vouchers and private school choice. Yet many went to private schools or have sent their kids there. How much should that matter to voters?

June 05, 2019

Education Department Unveils Disaster-Response Team as Aid Bill Heads to Trump

The new response unit will be dedicated full-time to helping schools recover from things like hurricanes and wildfires, Assistant Secretary of Education Frank Brogan told a House education subcommittee.

May 18, 2019

Bernie Sanders' Education Plan: Unions and Desegregation Win, Charters Lose

Bernie Sanders' sweeping vision would establish a $60,000 minimum salary for teachers, while clamping down on charters and boosting efforts to desegregate schools. It's hard to see a lot of it becoming a reality.

May 16, 2019

Do Democrats' School Diversity and Integration Ideas Match What Advocates Want?

"We need meaningful solutions to dismantle racial and socioeconomic segregation in America's schools," said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the author of one of the two bills addressing integration and diversity. Do advocates think her ideas go far enough?

May 16, 2019

Bill de Blasio, Who's Expanded Pre-K, Sparred on Education, Seeks Presidency

The New York City mayor has pushed universal pre-K, championed a controversial school turnaound program, and picked a schools chief backing a divisive effort to diversify selective high schools.

May 14, 2019

Steve Bullock, Who Called It 'Absurd' to Arm Teachers, Runs for White House

Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat who's served as the Big Sky Country's governor since 2013, has also supported the teaching of Native American languages and better internet for his state's schools.

May 13, 2019

Raise Teacher Pay, Fight Segregation, Rebuild Schools: One 2020 Candidate's Big Education Plan

Julián Castro is making a big bet that a bold vision for education can lift his numbers in the 2020 presidential polls.

May 07, 2019

Democrats Seek to Cut $40 Million From Federal Aid to Charter Schools

Charter schools would take a nearly 10 percent cut in the House appropriations bill, a sign that disdain for charter schools has grown as a political force among Democrats.

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