“Exactly What I’ve Hoped For”: 100+ Education Leaders Voice Support for Sanders K-12 Plan | Common Dreams News

“Exactly What I’ve Hoped For”: 100+ Education Leaders Voice Support for Sanders K-12 Plan | Common Dreams News

More than 100 national education leaders are publicly backing 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan to reform the American school system, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Unveiled in May, the Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education calls for “a transformative investment in our children, our teachers, and our schools, and a fundamental re-thinking of the unjust and inequitable funding of our public education system.”

“No president or presidential candidate has offered a proposal so bold and sweeping, which directly addresses the fiscal starving of American public education at the same time that the federal government got into the business of regulating, mandating, and controlling the nation’s schools and classrooms,” declared Diane Ravitch, former U.S. assistant secretary of education and research professor at New York University.

Sanders aims to address “the serious crisis in our education system by reducing racial and economic segregation in our public school system, attracting the best and the brightest educational professionals to teach in our classrooms, and reestablishing a positive learning environment for students in our K-12 schools,” according to his campaign.

“Bernie’s strong and ethical education platform is exactly what I’ve hoped for,” Jonathan Kozol, a National Book Award recipient and activist for public schools and racial equality, said Tuesday. “His courageous and unqualified support for racial integration of our public schools sets him apart from the timid and equivocating centrists who have put unprincipled consensus ahead of social justice in the primary campaigns.”

The White House hopeful’s public education proposal has 10 key goals:

Combating Racial Discrimination and School Segregation
End the Unaccountable 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 Schools a Safe and Inclusive Place for All
Part of Sanders’ education plan includes banning new for-profit charter schools. As Common Dreams reported earlier this year, he was the first candidate in the Democratic primary race to take that position.

via “Exactly What I’ve Hoped For”: 100+ Education Leaders Voice Support for Sanders K-12 Plan | Common Dreams News

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