Education ’16: The issue not talked about

As the campaigns for the presidential elections continue, education has been one of the least discussed topics that the candidates have been debating.

In the middle of January 2016, Slate featured the article, “Why Don’t the Presidential Candidates Want to Talk About Education?”. In the article, journalist and education blogger Laura Moser, writes education seems to be at the bottom of all candidates’ agendas.

Moser goes on in the article to quote research published in  Ed Week surrounding the noticeable absence. Rick Hess, the researcher, found that education has continually dropped as a issue in importance to the voters: “Overall, in just six of the 21 surveys did even 5% of respondents name education as the nation’s top problem…Since May … it’s been seventh or lower in 14 of 16 polls. Of the eight polls conducted after Labor Day, it ranked tenth or lower six times.”

Since the issue is not talked about often in the media or by the candidates themselves, this is a compilation of the general thoughts and policies each running candidate has on education:

Hillary Clinton (D): Clinton has, since her 2008 election run, been in favor of universal pre-k, higher teacher salaries and the lowering of tuition costs for colleges and universities. Her views on public schools versus charter schools has been called into question, as she recently changed her opinions of them.

Bernie Sanders (D/I): This candidate has proposed for the federal government to spend more on state grants in order to allow public universities to cut their fees.

Jeb Bush (R): Bush seems to be a proponent for giving control of education back to states and local districts. He published an editorial in January that discussed his view on education.

Ben Carson (R): Carson believes in local power being given back to school districts, as well as “school choice”. He also has said that the payment for higher education should be of higher responsibility.

Ted Cruz (R): Since 2014, Cruz has been a supporter of school choice.

John Kasich (R): In his action plan, Kasich wrote that he wants to reduce the power of the Department of Education, as well as its size. Kasich, also an advocate for local control and school choice, supports performance-based pay systems for teachers.

Marco Rubio (R): Rubio supports the decrease in funds that go towards the Department of Education. He also wants to fight the strategies behind the Common Core and adopt free online courses for college students.

Donald Trump (R): Another supporter of local control in education, Trump has been quoted calling for the end of the Common Core curriculum.

This information was gathered from multiples sites including: Medill On the Hill, Ballotpedia, and each candidates respective websites. 

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