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(30,481 posts)
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 11:53 AM Aug 2016

Hillary Clinton: Education Talking Points Memo


The Brief

Early childhood education

“I believe getting off to a good start should be our children's birthright, part of the basic bargain that we have with each other as a nation. Every child should have the tools and the skills to thrive in tomorrow's economy, especially those kids from our most vulnerable and at-risk communities.” Hillary, June 15, 2015

- Make preschool universal for every 4-year-old in America.

- Significantly increase child care investments so that no family in America has to pay more than 10 percent of its income to afford high-quality child care.

- Improve the quality of child care and early learning by giving a RAISE to America’s child care workforce.

- Double our investment in Early Head Start and the Early Head Start–Child Care Partnership program.

- Expand access to evidence-based home visiting programs.

- Award scholarships of up to $1,500 per year to help as many as 1 million student parents afford high-quality child care.

- Increase access to high-quality child care on college campuses by serving an additional 250,000 children.

Fact Sheet: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2015/06/14/fact-sheet-universal-preschool/


K - 12 Education

“Education should be the great door opener, and yet we know it often doesn’t turn out that way. I think every child in this country deserves a good teacher in a good school, regardless of the ZIP code you live in.” Hillary, March 10, 2016

- Launch a national campaign to modernize and elevate the profession of teaching.

- Provide every student in America an opportunity to learn computer science.

- Dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

- As a young law student working for Marian Wright Edelman, Hillary went undercover to investigate “segregation academies” in Alabama.

- As first lady of Arkansas, she chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Commission, fighting to raise academic standards, increase teacher salaries, and reduce class sizes.

- As first lady of the United States, she chaired the first-ever convening on Hispanic children and youth, which focused on improving access to educational opportunities.

- As a U.S. senator, she served on the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee, as a key member shaping the No Child Left Behind Act, with the hope that it would bring needed resources and real accountability to improve educational opportunities for our most disadvantaged students.

Fact Sheet: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/02/18/ending-the-school-to-prison-pipeline/


Making college debt-free and taking on student debt

“Let’s … make debt-free college available to everyone. ... And let’s liberate the millions of Americans who already have student debt.” Hillary, June 22, 2016

- Every student should have the option to graduate from a public college or university in their state without taking on any student debt.

- All community colleges will offer free tuition.

- A $25 billion fund will support historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and other minority-serving institutions

- The one-quarter of all college students who are also parents will get the support they need and the resources they deserve.

Debt won’t hold you back

- Borrowers will be able to refinance loans at current rates

- Delinquent borrowers and those in default will get help

- To reduce the burden for future borrowers, Hillary will significantly cut interest rates so the government never profits from college student loans.

- Hillary’s plan will crack down on predatory schools, lenders, and bill collectors.

- A new payroll deduction portal for employers and employees will simplify the repayment process

- Aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to defer their loans with no payments or interest for up to three years.

- Hillary will take immediate executive action to offer a three-month moratorium on student loan payments to all federal loan borrowers.

Fact Sheet: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/07/06/hillary-clintons-commitment-a-debt-free-future-for-americas-graduates/

The Not So Brief


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(9,359 posts)
1. Curious to know where she stands on charter schools.
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:23 PM
Aug 2016

With the lack of enthusiasm within the party, I am surprised to not see charter schools addressed.



(30,481 posts)
2. When you satisfy your curiosity please share it in an op.
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:26 PM
Aug 2016

Would be great information. Thanks.

Lots of great things here. Very positive.



(30,481 posts)
4. Just one more area I agree with her.
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:46 PM
Aug 2016

Thanks for sharing and taking the time to fill your curiosity.

Really a lot of depth in her education proposals.


(9,359 posts)
5. Why agree with that? they're horrible. she knows the problem, she even stated
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:50 PM
Aug 2016

It, but she offered up nothing to fix it.

It takes about $20,000 per student to give every student a proper education. It's proven that charter schools do not out perform public schools. All it does it take public dollars and uses them to line the pockets of private corporations.

Show with empirical evidence that charter schools as a whole are better than public schools.



(30,481 posts)
6. They aren't horrible. They are a mixed bad.
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:54 PM
Aug 2016

The fact you can so simply define it shows you have very limited knowledge of the big picture. Many communities have greatly benefited from Charter schools. Yes, they do present a challenge and their overall track record is far from perfect.

Still, you seem to be stuck on one part of a big picture with very a very biased view.

Sometimes doubt is removed when one starts speaking.


(9,359 posts)
8. The children that benefit from charter schools were the same children
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 03:04 PM
Aug 2016

That were doing well in public school. There is zero benefit from them, but plenty of downside.

To narrow this down to the root problem is fairly simple, it's the class size and amount of money we spend per pupil.

My children go to a utopian school, but I pay heavily for that privilege. I want every child to have the same educational benefits that my children have, and charter schools can never achieve that.



(30,481 posts)
10. That exact argument can be made as a reason to end public education.
Tue Aug 9, 2016, 03:55 PM
Aug 2016

This is a game I don't play. Addressed exactly what it is in my previous post.


(58,785 posts)
12. 1/4 of all college students are parents?!
Wed Aug 10, 2016, 07:43 PM
Aug 2016

I didn't know that, but obviously helping them be able to finish their degrees will have tremendous benefits. What a great place to invest.


(58,785 posts)
14. Dismantling the SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE explained.
Thu Aug 11, 2016, 10:35 AM
Aug 2016

This is a very interesting Vox article explaining how Hillary wants to break this pernicious institutionalized depravity within what should be our very safest and most nurturing institutions -- our schools.

Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan to undo one of the biggest problems in America's criminal justice system. The new $2 billion plan, which goes after the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline," would incentivize the hiring of "school climate support teams" — made up of social workers, behavioral health specialists, and education practitioners — to work with school staff to reorient and develop comprehensive reform plans for school discipline policies.
The proposal is part of a much broader plan — what Clinton's campaign calls the "Breaking Down Barriers" agenda — which would direct $20 billion to youth jobs, $5 billion to reentry programs for formerly incarcerated people, and $25 billion to support entrepreneurship and small business growth in underserved communities.
When lawmakers and politicians — including Clinton — began calling for and enacting tough-on-crime policies in the 1970s through '90s, some of the concepts trickled down to schools, which began outsourcing discipline to police through school resource officers and referrals to the juvenile justice system.

The result has been a school-to-prison pipeline that acts as many kids' first exposure to the criminal justice system — and it can lead to more interactions with the justice system later on, because the lost school time and bad marks on their records can make it much more difficult to get ahead.

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