Biden rolls out first campaign policy, focusing on nation’s schools

In a plan to boost the “dignity” of the United States education system, former Vice President Joe Biden announced policies to boost teacher pay and provide more funding for early-childhood learning. He is expected to speak about his education plans at a Houston, Texas, teachers forum.

Biden’s plan would take a broad look at several key issues facing America’s classrooms. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Increase teacher pay: Boost funding for Title I, the nationwide program that allocates money for school districts with high percentage of low-income students, in an effort to increase teachers’ salaries;
  • Raise classroom budgets: “Fix” and “simplify” the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which teachers use to pay off student loans;
  • Provide more mental health support for students: Calls for doubling number of mental health professionals in school systems;
  • Target school shootings: Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines;
  • Address “systemic racism” in schools: Provide pre-school for all three- and four-year-olds across the country and reinstate Obama administration guidance to diversify schools; and
  • Reinvest in “shop classes” and other technical classes.

School policies have been a popular topic for several of Biden’s Democratic rivals, too, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Texas Rep. Julian Castro and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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