Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday unveiled the public education plan for his 2020 presidential campaign, calling for "a transformative investment in our children, our teachers, and our schools, and a fundamental thinking of the unjust and inequitable funding of our public education system. "
The senator's" Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education "is named for the lawyer who successfully succeeds argued Brown v. Board of Education – the landmark US Supreme Court case made racial segregation of public schools unconstitutional in 1954 – before joining the court as its first black justice more than a decade later.
Recalling Marshall's words from a dissenting opinion for Milliken v. Bradley ̵
Improving education on a national scale requires, in the senator's view, banning new-profit charter schools. As Common Dreams reported Friday, Sanders is the first 2020 primary candidate to call, and his proposal comes as Education Secretary to work on the number of charter schools.
The charter school moratorium is just part of the 10-point plan the senator officially put forward Saturday:
- Combating Racial Discrimination and School Segregation
- End of the Uncountable Profit-Motive of Charter Schools
- Equitable Funding for Public Schools
- Strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Give Teachers a Much-Deserved Raise and Empower them to Teach
- Expand After-School / Summer Education Programs
- Universal School Meals
- Community Schools
- School Infrastructure
- Make a Safe and Inclusive Place for All
Some of the specific proposals include boosting federal funding for community-driven desegregation efforts; expanding access to English as a second language instruction; increasing accountability for existing charter schools; and grants "schools in rural communities, indigenous communities, Puerto Rico, and other US territories receive equitable funding." Waleed Shahid of Justice Democrats said on Twitter that the presidential candidate's plan "seems like the most aggressive national anti-segregation policy "proposed in decades, while others noted how it comes in" stark contrast "to the past positions of forms Vice President Joe Biden, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
Under Sanders' plan, the federal government would spend $ 5 billion annually to expand access to summer and after-school programs, teen centers and tutoring – and another $ 5 billion to community schools can provide a holistic, full-service approach to learning and well-being of our young people through dental and mental health care, substance abuse prevention, community and youth organizing, job training classes, art spaces, GED and ESL classes.
On the educator page, Sanders ca. lls for increasing teacher pay "at working with states and starting salary for teachers at no less than $ 60,000 paid for living, years of service, and other qualifications;
Sanders published his public education plan in a speech in South Carolina on Saturday. Watch: