His plan would also try to increase funding for low income school districts ….
The guns part is gonna be trouble for him in some Trump states and we’ll see how promenade it stays in his campaign push…But it would be a better action then taking money from school learning budgets to ‘harden’ up schools…
Biden may have some issues with teachers unions who have been saddled with more testing and less teaching time after the Obama admin pushed performance test for students over teaching time in the classroom….
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, on Tuesday released an education plan aimed at boosting teacher pay and reducing the funding gap between wealthy and low-income public schools.
Biden also said he would seek to make schools safer by pressing Congress to enact a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, a proposal almost certainly to be opposed by Republicans and gun-lobby groups.
Biden detailed his proposal – his first major policy rollout as a presidential candidate – at a campaign event in Houston on Tuesday involving the American Federation of Teachers.
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, another a Democratic candidate for president, outlined an education plan in March that would raise teacher salaries by $315 billion over the next 10 years.
Biden proposes tripling federal funding to about $50 billion annually for schools with students from low-income families, with the directive that those funds be used by districts to raise teacher pay. The federal monies would also be used to provide preschool for three- and four-year-olds and improve curricula for those schools.
The plan would seek to double the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, social workers and nurses in the public schools….
While Biden has made support from organized labor a top priority for his campaign, he may have trouble with teachers’ unions stemming from his eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president….
But in keeping with his more moderate tendencies, the education plan also focused on priorities that are widely accepted in Democratic circles, appearing to stop short of the bolder promises from some of his campaign rivals and skirting entirely a number of the more controversial issues in education policy….
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