The future of the education system can also shape the future of our country. This election season education can be a defining factor of what people look towards in a candidate. In a state like Illinois, when budget cuts directly affect students, and a city like Chicago, where teachers are constantly fighting for what they need, this issue can be an important one. Here is where the candidates stand on education.
Hillary Clinton | Democratic Party
Clinton believes that every child, no matter what, should receive a “high-quality” education, which is why she wants to work to improve the public school system. One of the ways she wants to do this is through modernizing teaching. She also wants to allow for every student to learn computer science. She also wants to shift the “school-to-prison” pipeline by supporting school reform that moves away from disciplining children in schools. Clinton also wants to rebuild America’s schools by fixing classrooms that are falling apart. Some of the ways she wants to achieve this is through national campaigns, other ways are through financial support.
Gary Johnson | Libertarian Party
Johnson wants to have a more “sustainable” conversation about how to provide good education to children. He advocates for a program that allows for school choice. He believes this idea of competition will increase the quality of education. Johnson also believes that state and local governments should have more control over the education policy in their state. He believes that decisions that affect children should not be made by politicians in Washington D.C., but by the local authorities at a state level. He believes that the education system must have “innovation, freedom, and flexibility.”
Jill Stein | Green Party
Stein’s plan is that education is a right to all Americans. She wants to get rid of student debt to free Americans of “debt servitude.” She wants to guarantee tuition-free schools, from preschool to universities that provide “world class” education. Stein wants to end state testing that leads to stress on students. She also wants to end public-school privatization because she sees a negative impact on students and their learning. Her main focus is that she doesn’t want to rely on state-testing to decide the performance of teachers and students.
Donald Trump | Republican Party
Trump wants to invest $20 billion towards school choice. States are then allowed to have the option that the funds follow the student to the private or public school they choose. His hope is that this will allow for $12,000 for each child in the country. He also wants to work with Congress to help encourage schools to drive down the cost of education. Trump’s entire plan surrounds the idea of choice and students being able to choose the school that they will be attending, which to him will hopefully shape how students experience education.
By Jessica Lynk
*All information for this article was gathered directly from the candidates’ websites. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.