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For the sake of our economy, democracy, and future, we need to ensure every student—no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they live—has access to a quality education. Here’s my plan to do it: betoorourke.com/education/
At a time when too many educators are working a second or third job just to make ends meet, our plan will ensure they're finally paid a professional wage across the country. And we're going to immediately forgive their outstanding student loan debt. Tax-free.
As president, I will also fully fund the IDEA, devote $100 billion to addressing physical and digital infrastructure in schools, and take specific steps to address structural inequities in our education system.
To close the $23 billion funding gap between white and non-white school districts, we will dedicate $500 billion toward the creation of a Permanent Fund for Equity and Excellence in education.
We know that children of color are more likely to be punished than their white peers. As president, I will end the school-to-prison pipeline—banning corporal punishment in schools, funding restorative justice programs, and building educator prep programs to address racial bias.
Children of color make up more than half the student population—but only 20% of public school teachers are people of color. Our plan will devote $500 million per year to create-world class teacher academies at MSIs and HBCUs, so more students can have teachers who look like them.
Our schools—educators & admins, bus drivers & cafeteria workers—are responsible for shaping our future. We need to provide them with the resources they need to educate our next generation of leaders. This is how we'll do it: betoorourke.com/education/
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