Clinton's vice-presidential pick could raise profile of K-12 issues in presidential campaign
One issue that has strangely taken a back seat in the presidential campaign so far has been K-12 education.
That could change with the selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
Because of Clinton’s lifelong interest in and attention to early childhood education, early learning and preschool have featured far more prominently than what happens to children in kindergarten through high school.
She has made lowering costs of going to college a central part of her education platform, echoing proposals put forward by her major rival, Bernie Sanders.
In her acceptance speech Wednesday night she spoke at some length about her plans to make “college tuition free for the middle class and debt free for all,” and “liberating millions of people who already have student debt.”
“It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debate, but students and families can’t refinance theirs,” she said.
She also observed that “a four-year degree should not be the only path to a job,” and pledged to “help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.”
In her speech she made passing references to “teachers who change lives” and the right of Americans to have access to a “good school,” but those were the only references to K-12 education. She has previously expressed support for the Common Core standards in English and math in a pro forma way Clinton’s vice-presidential pick could raise profile of K-12 issues in presidential campaign | EdSource:
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