What Clinton and Trump Have Said, and Not Said, About Education
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What Clinton and Trump Have Said, and Not Said, About Education


(patriotic music) – Election day’s right around the corner, but I feel like we’ve
heard more about pneumonia and building walls this election season than we have about K12. – Right, but it’s not like the candidates haven’t said anything about it, right? Like what’s up with Hillary
Clinton and education? – So, Clinton’s been out on the trail talking about a lot of the same things that President Obama has been in favor of, except for the controversial stuff. She steered clear of teacher
evaluation through test scores, which is something Obama has supported, but she did go before
both teachers’ unions and talk about how we need
to fix up crumbling schools and invest in teacher training
and pay teachers more. – Oh, well I bet the union
members were happy to hear that. – Oh, they were; they were
cheering the whole time, right up until she
mentioned charter schools. That, they booed. – Oh, they booed. Well, what did Clinton say about charters? – So, she basically said
that charter schools need to be held to the same standards as other public schools,
and that the best charters and the best public schools
can learn from each other, but she did say she supports charters. – I see. So, where else do Clinton and
Obama agree about education? – So, they agree on a lot of things. Clinton wants to put more
broadband into schools. She’s a computer science initiative, which is something that
Obama has talked about too. She likes the common core standards, and she wants to make public college free for low and moderate income students. She also wants to push towards
universal pre-Kindergarten. Here’s what she had to say about that. – Our country won’t be competitive or fair if we don’t help more
families give their kids the best possible start in life. – In fact, Clinton’s
been talking a lot more about higher education and early education on the campaign trail
than she has about K12. – Oh okay, well, why do you think that is? – So, some people say it’s
because we just passed this big K12 law, the
Every Student Succeeds Act, so that’s done, but
there’s still more to do on early education and higher education, but other people point to the divisions within the Democratic party
between education reformers and folks who are in teachers’ unions. They say that Clinton is sticking with some of the safer issues, things all Democrats can get behind. But enough about Clinton. What about Donald Trump
and education policy? – Well, so, for a long time, he was only giving us sound bites. He said he hates the common
core state standards, he called them a disaster, actually, but he hasn’t said why he thinks that or how he would get rid of them. He said he would either cut or
drastically reduce the budget of the U.S. Department of Education, but he’s also said that education is one of the top three priorities for the federal government,
so it’s a little confusing. He said he loves local school boards, and he has said that federally mandated gun free school zones are bait for sickos. – I don’t think Hillary Clinton agrees with pretty much any of that, but Donald Trump is a business man, right? So, what has he said about the return we’re getting for our
investment in public education? – He has said, in essence, that America spends a lot of money on
schools in exchange for students getting pretty lousy scores
on international tests. – Well, does he have like a big idea to improve the situation? – Yeah, so, his big idea
is a 20 billion dollar federal school choice program
that would allow 11 million poor kids access to private,
magnet, and charter schools. Here’s what he had to say about that. – We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice. – Well, most Republicans can
get behind the idea of school choice, but where does this
20 billion dollars come from? – He has said that he would
use existing federal dollars to pay for it, and he wants states to chip in a lot of money
too, but we don’t have a ton of details about his plan at this point. – Sounds like there could
be a fight on it, though. I’ve heard his early childhood
plan is controversial, too. Can you talk about that? – Yes, so Trump wants to
create a new tax credit for childcare costs, six
weeks of guaranteed maternity leave, and a new savings
account for childcare costs, but critics have said
that, for the most part, his plan helps wealthy people
and not lower income folks who actually need help
paying for childcare. – So, the candidates
really have been talking somewhat about education. I wonder how much more
we’ll hear about it though before election day. – Well, we will be watching closely. (patriotic music)

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