Buttigieg Pledges Billions to Curb Education Disparities

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Teamsters Vote 2020 Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for “underserved children” and expands early childhood learning.

Buttigieg, who has campaign stops this weekend in Iowa where he has surged into the lead in opinion polls, has faced skepticism among black voters, some of whom have said economic gains in South Bend, Indiana, where he is mayor have left behind minorities.

The campaign’s plan echoes proposals from other Democratic candidates, including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has called for ending racial disparities in public education and a ban on for-profit charter schools.

“Far from putting our kids on a level playing field, America’s education system takes already vast disparities and makes them worse,” the 37-year-old mayor said in a statement issued with his plan.

Buttigieg vowed to invest $700 billion to ensure universal affordable daycare and pre-kindergarten education for the first five years of a child’s life. Under the policy, families in poverty would have fully subsidized care, and no family would pay more than 7% of income on early learning costs, he said.

The campaign told Reuters that under Buttigieg’s plans K-12 education would see $425 billion in increased funding over 10 years, which would be paid for by stronger tax enforcement on corporations and the wealthy. $300 billion of that would be Title 1 funding for schools which have a large proportion of lower-income students.

He would spend $500 million to support racial and economic school integration, partly through dedicated outlays for affordable housing in high-performing school districts.

Buttigieg would also ban for-profit charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run, sometimes by for-profit companies. Republican President Donald Trump has sought to increase federal money for such schools, but critics argue they take resources from other public schools to serve select groups.

Buttigieg, who has never held statewide or federal office, is battling Sanders, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Vice President Joe Biden for the lead in national polls for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in the November 2020 election.

Warren, a former teacher, has called for an $800 billion investment in public schools, canceling student debt, and for quadrupling funds over the next 10 years for Title 1 schools.

Biden, who has strong support among black voters, has vowed to make community college free and invest $70 billion in historically black colleges and universities.

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General Confusion

“But he’ll get union votes.” I Ching

Really? Which teacher unions have endorsed him vs any other candidate, so far? Some other candidates have teacher plans, too, but none of them really stand out – yet – to me.

Phyllis Softa

I am seeing PROGRESS. I am pleased to see that IJR readers have apparently learned from the 2016 campaign to analyze candidates’ proposals. Just imagine if in 2016, you analyzed Trump’s campaign policy fantasy ASSERTIONS. Mexico will pay for the wall “100% guarantee” If you asked to SEE & analyze Trump’s Obamacare replacement plan that “costs less and covers everyone.” It still does not exist. Analyzed how Trump’s tax cuts were going to pay for themselves when Reagan, Bush and Brownback’s experiments all failed. Analyzed the details of his “pay off the national debt in 8 years.” Okay, that would… Read more »


The Butt is subtly promising billions to the education-industrial complex and teacher’s unions. Notice how he EXACTLY does not specify results in return for the money. “I promise to take MORE money from you, but there are ZERO guarantees that you’ll get a better result.” It’s insanity once-removed. But he’ll get union votes. On the other hand, the bell-curve, which is a statistical reality. Most are average. A few fall on either end of the scale. Consider spending money on illegal immigrants with no English, no culture of learning, and sub-par education. Will that skew the curve? You betcha. Will… Read more »

Glenn Botts

butthead is promising to steal hundreds of billions to line corrupt DemoCROOK pockets with kickbacks from the anti-American NEA


Is this support for willful murder, err, abortion?

If you can’t support yourself or feed/clothe/educate anything YOU CHOOSE to birth then there’s something really wrong with you. It’s nature’s way of saying maybe YOU should be subject to Darwin in Action for bad choices. The Dimocratic Party of Science™ anyone?

Maybe the eugenicists were on to something. (remember that it’s staunchest proponents, including Maggie Sanger and the KKK were ALL Dimocrats) The Nazis loved the example set by American Dimocrats.

Bonnie Keever

Wow money isn’t the problem some of these kids you have to force to go to school while there are great teachers but we need more and also parents need to be a big part of their child’s education teach them at home help them with homework look we are getting rid of great teachers because they can’t teach Spanish speaking children and that needs to stop we are a English talking and teaching country we are not Spain or Mexico or South America


Democrats always find ways to spend other peoples money, and overly tax the productive. Money isn’t the main problem. We already spend far more than countries that out score us on international test competitions.


Buttigieg can start by redirecting the money wasted on teaching kids that “it’s okay to be gay” and there are more than two genders and start teaching them about more important things to succeed in life. The alphabetic weirdos account for less than 1% of society but we are forced fed this crap like they are the majority.





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