Donald Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton: A Closer Look At Where They Stand On EducationBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
The campaign for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections is getting more intense as the national event draws near. One of the most important issues that voters need to be aware of, in terms of the candidates' stand, is on education.
In The New York Times' report, the publication revealed what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton think about education. Some of the central questions involve the common core, school choice and higher education.
Donald Trump's stand regarding the Common Core, a fixed set of college- and career-ready educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, is largely aligned with his party's stance. He wants to end Common Core and keep education local.
Similarly, Hillary Clinton is not fond of the Common Core as well. However, she has also emphasized how important national educational standards are. "I've always believed that we need to have some basis on which to determine whether we're making progress, vis-à-vis other countries who all have national standards," she told Newsday.
In terms of school choice, Trump's visit to a charter school sent signals that he is in support of options beyond traditional public education. He even criticized the Democratic Party's presidential candidate for being more interested in protecting the bureaucracy than serving the American children.
Clinton irked some educators last summer when she expressed support for charter schools. This is because, in the past, she has criticized them for declining to accept challenging students.
The Republican presidential aspirant shared little about how he would help students pay for college. Trump has been critical, though, of the government for getting profit from student loans.
According to The Pensacola News Journal, Hillary Clinton's primary education focus is on the soaring costs of college. She has suggested free tuition at in-state public colleges and universities for working families that earn up to $125,000.
Moreover, she also plans to implement a three-month moratorium on loan payments for all federal borrowers. With that, students would be able to consolidate their loans or enroll in other plans that can help cut costs.