Presidential Hopefuls: Their Educational Policies

It is almost election year, and presidential candidates are emerging from the works of the political machine. Their stances on education are of particular importance to high schoolers. The candidates will be listed along with a description of their educational policy.

Ted Cruz (Republican, Texas): Opposes common core as ‘parents and communities [need to] be more involved and find solutions better suited to their kids’ needs.’ Decisions at the local level are more effective. Schools should have the choice for their education because it ‘gives students more opportunities and improves public schools, making our schools stronger, more effective, and more accountable to the communities they serve.’

Rand Paul (Republican/Libertarian, Kentucky): “Teachers and parents need to be active in what students learn and children should not be restricted by common core or any other standard of education.”

Ben Carson (Republican, Michigan): “For primary and secondary education, the bedrock concept that has always guided us has been “local control.” Communities fund and manage public schools for the benefit of families and children in their neighborhoods. More than most, I’m acutely aware of education being the ladder that can lead one out of poverty and into realizing the American Dream. This must stop and Common Core must be overturned. The education system must be run by involved parents and engaged teachers and principals.”

Bernie Sanders (Democrat, Vermont): Wants to lower college tuitions and raise funding for students who cannot afford college. No Child Left Behind is bad and must be removed from our system.

Hillary Clinton has not clarified her stance yet, nor has Marco Rubio.