With less than six weeks until Election Day and the face off between the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the first 2016 presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, has further engendered the barometer levels of the Election fever.
With contrary views of both the nominees on the endorsement of teachers’ unions, the issue of education has however remained a second-tier issue for the forthcoming election, the cornerstone issues being National Security, Trade and email scandal. Trump has openly criticized teachers’ union on more than one occasions on the basis of their school choiced policies – still, both the contenders have fundamentally outlined their indications about future roadmap for education.
Donald Trump has pledged to invest 20 billion of federal dollars into a voucher program for students to attend school of their choice which according to Clinton would decimate public schools across America. Opponents of voucher programs have raised concerns regarding its funding as it would siphon essential funding on already scanty public-school budgets to other schools and subsequently have been claimed to be unconstitutional since this program would use taxpayer-funded vouchers for the betterment of religious schools, while supporters claim vouchers to be beneficial for the advancement of disadvantaged students. However, both of them support charter schools.
On one hand, Donald Trump promises to get rid of a Common Core and on the other, though Hillary Clinton supports common core, she rarely mentions it. Her Debt-free college tuition plan includes providing free public college for families who earn less than $1,25,000.
This has been her most vocal agenda regarding education. Interest rates on student loans would be succored with a waiver and Community college would be free for all students. Contrarily, Donald has indicated his willingness to fight Clinton’s debt-free college proposal. It has been claimed by the critics that the specifics of the plan are unclear and there are doubts regarding its implementation in reality. Trump has, however, not emphasized on his ideas regarding higher education.
Universal preschool, an idea explicated by Clinton, has been contemplated as a way to ensure students in primary school and beyond being adequately educated to engender the competency of USA on a global scale. Quality child care and preschool, according to her, are the utmost requirements for every child in America.
Let us await, which of the aforesaid ideas bloom to reality which is subsequently threaded with the kinematics of polling.