Sep 27, 2016 08:29 AM EDT
An In-Depth Look At Hillary Clinton's Plan For Education
Hillary Clinton has been very vocal about her plans for education even before she started her campaign for the 2016 U.S. elections. The Democrat presidential candidate and her running mate, Tim Kaine, have stated their plans to make education affordable and, if possible, free for low-income American families.
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.
Her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, assured current college students that he and Hillary Clinton understand their plight. According to him, their team "is fully committed to sending every child in this country to world-class schools with great teachers, no matter where they come from."
NPR reported on Hillary Clinton's in-depth plan for the education of American children. Her plans for early childhood education include doubling federal funding for home-visit programs, Early Head Start as well as Head Start for low-income students. She has worked on these advocacies when she was first lady of Arkansas as well as when her husband served as president. She also aims to increase the wages of childcare workers and to have universal pre-K for 4-year-olds.
Hillary Clinton has also had proposals to lower childcare cost for families, particularly for parents who are still college students. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Democrat presidential candidate's proposals are estimated to cost up to half a trillion dollars.
Her plan for K-12 schools involves rebuilding the school infrastructure, continuing President Obama's universal computer science education as well as a reformation of school discipline practices. For higher education, aside from her "free college" advocacy, Clinton also proposed moratorium of three months on all student debt payments. For entrepreneurs, this freeze could be extended for up to three years.
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