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Candidates & Education: A Guide for 2020

The 2020 presidential campaign has put key education issues in the spotlight, sometimes in unexpected ways. This interactive Education Week tracker gives you one-click access to where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on nearly a dozen major education topics. (September 26, 2019)

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The president’s supposed suburban ideal draws attention to the ongoing debate about how housing and schools are inextricably linked. What does the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream” have to do with education?
August 10, 2020 – Education Week
We can close the gap in home-internet connectivity for students, but we must act now, urge Jessica Rosenworcel and John B. King Jr.
August 3, 2020 – Education Week
The education secretary's main message to educators lately has been: Meet your obligations and don't assume the feds will remove major mandates.
August 1, 2020 – Education Week
Bloated police budgets have absorbed dollars better spent on education. Good schools help prevent crime, argues Stephon J. Boatwright.
July 30, 2020 – Education Week
Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday that schools around the country will have the resources they need to reopen for in-person learning as he visited a classroom of masked 4th graders at a North Carolina private school.
July 29, 2020 – AP
Educator support for how governors are handling the K-12 challenges related to the coronavirus dropped from 57 percent to 39 percent between April and July, but opinions varied significantly from state to state, an EdWeek Research Center survey found.
July 28, 2020 – Education Week
The education secretary was an enthusiastic supporter of virtual education until President Donald Trump started putting pressure on school districts to reopen buildings and return to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 academic year.
July 27, 2020 – Education Week
Joe Biden offered a massive plan on Tuesday to create 3 million jobs and improve care for children and the elderly as he accused President Donald Trump of having "quit" on the country during a deadly pandemic.
July 22, 2020 – AP
Principals and superintendents are caught between politicians’ demands, an anxious public, and experts’ contrary advice about the path forward during the pandemic. The unspoken message: You’re on your own.
July 16, 2020 – Education Week
The 5-4 decision involving a dispute in Montana appears to cast doubt on as many as 30 state constitutions that bar aid to religious schools.
July 15, 2020 – Education Week

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