It’s time for an “education president.” As the only former public school superintendent running, he believes that “there’s no public good that’s more important than education.” Although his local record included school closures, merit pay, and approving space for charter schools in district buildings, the Senator supports the federal government as a “useful partner” in K-12, rejects private school vouchers, and has stated that public dollars should be reserved for pay[ing] teachers what they’re worth.”
Concerned students will pay the price for today’s fiscal irresponsibility. Congress passed a $1 trillion permanent corporate tax cut that the Senator admits “doesn’t reflect a priority of the next generation.” Previously, he joined other Senators in creating a pilot program for districts to test a “weighted student funding formula.” An option he describes as promoting “funding systems that provide resources based on student need and…additional funding for students from low-income families and English learners.”
Torn between theory and reality. Although he supports workers’ right to “collectively bargain and organize free from intimidation,” he ultimately refused to support the Employee Free Choice Act, which “protects worker’s right to join…unions…make it harder for management to threaten workers seeking to organize a union…and allows workers the choice to organize unions through a simple majority sign-up process.”
No Child Left Behind was a mistake. Regrets supporting this legislation and favored an alternative that supported his vision: “You need better teachers. You need smaller classrooms. You need to start kids earlier.”
Invest in free college for all. The former vice president believes in prioritizing tuition-free college and warns that “any country that out-educates us will out-compete us.” Concerning how to fund free college, he assures that “we can afford it.”
He’s with workers. He supports “laws that allow labor unions to flourish and fight for basic worker protections.” The former vice president also believes in banning non-compete agreements and protecting workers in pay discussions.
Will not disassociate from private school vouchers. In expressing concern that poor children and children of color need an escape from struggling schools, the Senator stands by his support of vouchers. He declared that his views “haven’t changed one iota.”
Supports investing in high quality education. The Senator introduced the “Supporting the Teaching Profession through Revitalizing Investments in Valuable Educators (STRIVE) Act,” which boosts resources for teacher recruitment, preparation programs, and diversity initiatives. He also supports full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
Believes unions should be heard. The Senator is an original cosponsor of the 2018 Worker’s Freedom to Negotiate Act, facilitates first contracts between companies and newly certified unions by requiring mediation and arbitration to settle disputes.
Access to preschool gives more students a good start. After securing a federal grant to expand preschool programs in the state, the governor believes “it’s time… [to give] every 4-year-old access to high-quality, early-childhood education.” Although state lawmakers do not support “publicly funded preschool programs,” he remains committed to public preschool in addition to updated school facilities and access to dual enrollment.
Signed into law school funding increases. As governor, he approved legislation that “rewrites the state’s public school funding system…and increases state funding for schools by $75 million over the next two years.” In his presidential campaign announcement, he states that “every child… [should have] a fair shot to do better than their parents.”
Stands by workers and their right to bargain collectively. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, the governor described their action as “unbelievable…overturning 40 years of workers’ rights.” Prior to the court’s decision, his Janus amicus brief stated that “Montana’s collective bargaining system has resulted in numerous advantages for both the state and public employees.” While a gubernatorial candidate in 2012, he pledged “to veto any right-to-work bill if he is governor.”
Educators know what they’re doing. The mayor believes that educators need the freedom to do their jobs without the weight of standardized tests. He also values “strong working relationship[s] with teachers,” and compensating them well. The mayor suggests “respect them like soldiers…pay them like doctors.”
Not sold on taxpayers footing the bill for free college. While not unfamiliar with student loan debt and the rising costs of college, the mayor is concerned about public financing of college. He grapples with “a majority who earn less because they didn’t go to college subsidize a minority who earn more because they did.”
Supports working more closely with labor. The mayor acknowledges the energy of the labor movement, and in meeting with them suggests that “Workers…are interested in the same things any American is interested in,” and that staying “in dialogue and working together” is important.
Not having access to Pre-K is an unnecessary missed opportunity. American children are behind in attending preschool and some children “never catch up if they don’t get formal schooling until kindergarten.” The former HUD secretary and mayor believes that prekindergarten programs should be available for “every family in America,” and if he can expand access in San Antonio, he can expand access across the country.
Time for rededication. Holds state legislatures responsible “for failing to support public education adequately,” and finds “we’ve lost our commitment to public education that made us so strong in the first place.”
Puts the campaign where his policy is. As a supporter of collective bargaining and an increase in the minimum wage, all of his campaign staff earn at least $15 per hour (including interns) and are free to form a union.
Delivered on universal pre-K. According to the mayor, pre-K programs are “proven to have a huge impact on a child’s development…the fact it’s universal, I believe, lifts all boats.” As his new administration secured funding and space for programs, the mayor reiterated, “The people in the city have given me a mission.” For his 2019 State of the City, he reports “we’ve provided every four-year-old in this city with free full day pre-K.”
Equity costs. While participating in an educator roundtable, the mayor offered that “fair funding” was critical for education systems. After landing $125 million in additional funding for the city, schools were able to purchase educational supplies and hire more staff. His 2020 budget also proposes “hundreds of millions for broad education aid,” including expansion of early childhood education programs.
Has put employers on notice: you will offer paid personal time. Half a million New York City employees have no paid personal leave, prompting new legislation from the mayor that would “require private employers with five or more employees to offer 10 annual days of Paid Personal Time.” The mayor believes that workers should not have to choose “between bringing home a paycheck and taking time off.”
There’s a new K-12. The former Rep. is pushing for Pre-K through 14 as the nation’s standard, with 14 referring to two years of community college or technical training. He has pledged to “reinvest in educational opportunities for all,” including making higher education more affordable.
Money matters. Affirming that “education is the great equalizer,” he supports investments that close funding gaps exacerbated by property tax financing of schools. His plan for education calls for Title I increases and the expansion of grants for community-based organizations that help struggling students.
Respects labor but sides with management. Despite using a college scholarship from his father’s union, the former Rep. has introduced anti-worker legislation that allows management “greater power to reassign workers or rely on outside contractors.”
Believes in creating more opportunities for students. She supports expanding students’ access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs. In addition, she supports the College for All act, which would eliminate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities for families that make up to $125,000 a year. It would also make community college tuition-free for everyone.
Not afraid to fight. In Congress she has vowed to “protect funding for education programs.” She also was successful in securing the reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Education Act, which supports innovative educational programs across the state of Hawai’i.
Votes for working people. Primarily, her record supports workers. She has stood up for wage protections and endorsed an increase in the minimum wage. Her record veers in oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs where she has supported weakened standards for discharges and permitted the forfeiture of some employee pensions.
Treat student loan borrowers fairly. Introduced the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act that would allow student borrowers to refinance their student debt “at a lower interest rate, just as business-owners and homeowners are able to do.”
Supporting education is priority #1. The Senator has voted to expand Head Start and supports efforts to help educators and urban and rural schools. She joined other Senators in 2010 to secure more than $600 million in education funding that saved and created more than 7,000 education jobs in New York.
Stands with workers’ fight for pay and protections. Introduced the “Workplace Democracy Act,” which supports workers’ right to bargain for “better wages, benefits, and working conditions.” She described the bill as essential to preventing business from keeping wages low and its employees living in poverty.
You get a raise and you get a raise! Introduced a proposal that would give every teacher a $13,500 raise. “We want the mathematicians to teach math instead of going to Wall Street because they got to pay off their bills.”
Time to invest. Believes “we need to make smarter investments in our schools: from teachers and aides to infrastructure and technology.” The Senator presses that “one of the biggest indicators for success is how much money actually makes it into classrooms and touches students and addresses their needs.”
Stands unapologetically with labor. In reference to Janus, wrote that “if a union is required to represent all employees in negotiating for a better workplace, every employee who stands to benefit from those negotiations should share the costs.” The Senator also canceled plans to deliver UC Berkeley’s commencement address in support of UC workers who were on strike over wages and health benefits.
Don’t be a fool about compensating educators. Has said that voters need to agree to raise taxes to increase funding for education. “We’re fools or just blind if we don’t…begin finding ways we can increase…compensation.”
Didn’t show the money though. Proposed and signed budgets that resulted in millions of dollars in spending reductions to K-12 public education and state supported higher education.
Does he or doesn’t he support workers? As governor, wrote that it was not in the state’s “interest to require mandatory bargaining.” As a presidential candidate, said “it’s time we had a president who was willing to stand up for collective bargaining.”
Student loan borrowers have rights too. Signed the Washington Student Education Loan Bill Rights in 2018, which provides strong protections for more than 700,000 student borrowers; establishes a Student Loan Advocate to review complaints; and authorizes the state to license student loan servicers to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements and prevent borrower mistreatment.
It takes a village and money. For the state’s 2017-2019 budget, signed legislation that provided pay increases for teachers and other schools staff. Signed a supplemental budget that added an extra $46 million for school construction. His 2017-2019 state budget also included funding changes for special education and learning assistance programs in high poverty schools.
Supports workers and fair share. In a Janus op-ed wrote that not providing for fair share “threatens the right of public employees to collectively bargain because it guts the financial mechanism to do so…strong unions…provide a strong benefit.”
Supports making college more affordable. “Student loan debt has spun out of control, becoming a crippling financial burden to many young people and their families. It is time to provide real help…to make college more affordable.” The Senator also believes in investing in community and technical colleges, apprenticeships, and STEM programs.
Congress is hurting students by not investing in education. She is an original cosponsor of the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers (PACT) Act. The bill prioritizes special education funding and access to quality public education. “Congress has an obligation…to fully fund Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Act—This bill will ensure that we don’t let our students down.”
Stands with unions and American workers. Criticized the Janus decision, vowing “we’ll stand with American workers and stand up against this attempt to weaken unions.” She is a cosponsor of the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which ensure “public sector employees…have the legal right to form and join a union.”
Student debt is destroying the American dream. Featured as the hallmark of his campaign, the mayor believes that prosperity “starts with higher education.” To address the more than $1 trillion of student debt burdening millions of Americans, he proposes a one-time cancellation of all federal and private loans. “Debt cancellation as a stimulus,” his plan states, would “boost real GDP [and] create 1.5 million jobs.”
Rollback ill-conceived tax cuts to reinvest in education. According to the mayor, the “nearly $2 trillion worth of tax cuts…is a lot of corporate greed.” Eliminating these cuts would open renewed resources so that educators’ salaries would “align with the importance of their work.”
Today’s economy is bad for workers. The mayor has not stated his support or opposition to unions or collective bargaining, but has promised to “bring uncertainty for American workers…to an end, by pushing to make it illegal to shut down the government to score political points.” If elected president, he also “will establish an economic plan to soften the blow of the coming tech advancements on working and middle class Americans.”
Supports treating public education holistically. In asserting that “zip codes or skin color should never limit children’s potential or determine the quality of their schools,” the Rep. has endorsed legislation that provides resources for school construction, trauma-informed schools, family violence prevention, child nutrition, and student loan forgiveness.
The country needs to invest in schools. In supporting a resolution that found educators “chronically underpaid” and local funding in decline, the Rep. believes that creating “adequate and equitable access to education…is a fundamental right for all students.” In addition to increases for public education, the resolution also sought full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Concerned about workers’ rights post-Janus. In reflecting that what happens to unions affects every citizen, he reminded constituents that “unions have been on the front lines fighting for American workers for decades, securing overtime, health care, paid leave and more…These rights will now be under greater threat — for those in unions and the rest of us, as well.”
Hates all of this testing. The former Rep. wants to support educators and “allow them to teach to the child and not to the test.” He says there is too much emphasis on “arbitrary, high-stakes” testing.
Against efforts to cut public education. Voted no on legislation that called for drastic cuts to public education, including resources for professional development and class size reduction. He believes in investing “in a world-class Pre-k through 12 public education system and…paying our educators a living wage so that they don’t have to work a second or third job.”
Believes that private- and public-sector collective bargaining are not the same. “I’m a big believer in labor’s right to collectively bargain in the private sector.” However, after serving as a city council member, he expressed “they [police and firefighters] are not so exceptional that they get to have these contracts and rights that no other city employee enjoy and which the taxpayer cannot continue to finance without the city going broke.”
Defines components of a quality education. Describes investments in education as including “advancements in childhood nutrition, after-school programs, technology in schools,…teacher salaries, recruitment and training.” He also supports free college, explaining “College should not only be for the privileged few.”
Supports education over tax breaks. Voted against cuts to education and healthcare to fund massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Believes that investing in public education is part of “building the America we deserve.”
Opposed Janus ruling. Stated that “I had hoped the Supreme Court would have ruled to protect America’s workers, and affirm that fair share fees are critical to maintain the bargaining strength of labor unions representing public servants and employees.”
College should be free. The country can afford to make community college free and waive tuition at four-year institutions for families earning less than $125,000 annually. In also pushing more student loan forgiveness, the Senator believes “higher education is a right.”
Wealth should not determine quality education. Public education investments should ensure that there is no difference in schools in wealthy or low-income communities, and he affirms that “I believe guaranteeing resource equity is a core tenet of the federal government’s role.”
Believes working families are under assault. After the Janus decision, the Senator stated that “we must redouble our efforts to make it easier, not harder, to join a union.” Throughout his career, he has supported raising the minimum wage, labor unions and worker co-ops, and policies that give “workers the time and resources to spend meaningful time with their loved ones.”
College affordability is personal. As a first generation college graduate with almost $100,000 in student debt, the Rep. supports interest free student loans, employer incentives to pay off employee student loans, and loan forgiveness programs. He believes “we must re-associate college with opportunity instead of crushing debt.”
Believes public education is one of the country’s highest priorities. For education, he has stated that schools should be modernized and that “our government must strengthen public schools by providing the funds and flexibility states need to implement vital education reform.”
Believes workers need an advocate. Despite what reports may say about the economy, the Rep. shares that “many workers are hurting due to a combination of flat wages and high health costs.” Suggests workers need a familiar leader, because this administration has “done nothing for Americans who are struggling to make ends meet and instead is more concerned with top-floor executives.”
Supports private school vouchers. His administration proposes $5 billion in tax credits “that would fund scholarships to private schools.” The president believes that “to help working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for America’s children.”
Let them eat cake. After passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut that benefited corporations and the ultra-wealthy, the president’s budget request for education includes more than $7 billion in cuts. Although Congress will not support these proposed cuts, the Trump administration does not believe the federal government should support teacher development, public service student loan forgiveness, and higher education research.
Opposes unions and the rights of workers. Publicly the president aligns himself with American workers, but supports “decreased labor protections, rolled back worker safety and weakened federal unions.” In celebrating the Janus decision, he tweeted “non-union workers are…able to support a candidate of his or her choice without having those who control the Union deciding for them.”
Believes there’s a way to transform higher education once and for all. The Senator supports the immediate cancellation of student loan debt for more than 40 million Americans. Her plan, financed by an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” would also guarantee free college. She believes that “once we’ve cleared out the debt that’s holding down an entire generation of Americans, we must ensure that we never have another student debt crisis again.”
Supports investments in public education and universal pre-K. The Senator believes that “America’s middle class was built through investments in education.” Preserving it, she argues, also requires everyone has access to preschool and affordable child care.
Upholds strong collective bargaining rights. As Los Angeles educators were on strike, the Senator tweeted “When we fail our public school teachers, we fail their students – and we fail our future. In the Senate, she has supported bills to repeal right-to-work laws and make workplace-organizing easier. She believes “if we want to protect workers…that means banning states from imposing restrictions that prevent workers from joining together to fight for their future.”
Does not support money for nothing. To address deep resource inequities, the governor signed legislation pegged as the “grand bargain…more money in exchange for standards and accountability.” According to the governor, “I was in favor of both halves of it.”
He funded his mandate. When landmark education legislation passed in 1993, it included “over $1 billion in extra education funding — mostly to poor communities.” Galled by funding disparities, he stated “If you want a great education, you do have to pay for it.”
Opposes the right to bargain. Hired significant staff from the Pioneer Institute, a think tank affiliated with efforts to rollback collective bargaining for public employees. He once described teachers unions as “retrograde” and “medieval.”
Supports a “whole person educational system.” The noted author and motivational speaker supports universal preschool and a vast “array of educational approaches, including social and emotional learning; the development of conflict resolution skills; restorative justice; meditation and mindfulness; anti-bullying programs; [and reducing] high stakes testing.” She believes that education can address “the heart and soul as well as the intellect.”
Education investments should honor the “whole person.” As president, her plan would include “increased funding for free and reduced-price lunches,” and “federal compensation for state school funding.” She believes that these priorities address the disparities associated with childhood poverty and unequal access to quality education.
Supports workers’ rights, protections, and more workplace benefits. To counteract policies that are only serving the top 1%, her plan for the economy includes increasing the minimum wage to reflect “a living wage;” protecting the rights of “working people to organize for better wages and working conditions;” and requiring employers to offer paid vacation,” even for part-time employees.
Wants every student to be supported and prepared for the future. As technology gives and takes, the former entrepreneur believes that universal preschool, career and technical education, and college affordability are essential. He shares that “I have many friends who work in technology and they know…what we did to the manufacturing jobs…retail jobs…call center jobs. So we need to think much bigger about how we’re going to help Americans transition through this time.”
Supports investing where it counts. Expressing concern that “emphasizing rote academic skills in the age of supercomputers is not preparing our people for what’s to come,” he calls for specific investments in early childhood education, technical training, arts education, and tuition-free community college.
Labor needs a “game changer.” As unions adjust to turbulent times and new realities, he believes that access to Universal Basic Income would provide the financial reliability for workers to “increase worker bargaining power… and…push harder against exploitative labor conditions.”