Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled his first detailed policy proposal of the 2020 campaign; an education plan that calls for a big increase in federal spending on schools and districts serving low-income kids.
According to the plan, which Biden announced ahead of a forum with the American Federation of Teachers in Houston on Tuesday, would give teachers a raise (an idea previously proposed by Kamala Harris). The plan would prioritize competitive pay for teachers. His plan also aims to address what his campaign says is a massive shortage of health professionals, psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses and social workers – – in schools, by doubling the number of those employees.
The best part of his education plan is a call to triple the money the federal government sends to low-income schools and districts from about $16 billion per year to about $48 billion. It would also provide universal prekindergarten for all 3-and 4-year old.
As a part of his education plan, he also pledged on Tuesday to “defeat the National Rifle Association” as part of his 2020 campaign promise to fight for school safety. He said as a president, he will secure passage of gun legislature to make our students safer, and he knows he can do it because he’s defeated the National Rifle Association twice before.
There were several candidates who have attended town-hall style meetings put on by the teachers Union however it was Biden who had made a particular pitch not just for union voters, but also to teachers.