Democrat Klobuchar Announces Plan to Help U.S. Teachers and Students

Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar rolled out a plan on Friday to provide additional resources for America’s public school teachers and students as she and her rivals seek the support of teachers’ unions.

Klobuchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota whose mother was a teacher, was due to announce a plan that provides federal funding for states that take certain actions, including increasing teacher pay.

Klobuchar was due to announce her plan at a forum in Houston, Texas, held by the National Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the U.S.

Klobuchar and nine other Democrats vying to become the nominee to take on Republican president Donald Trump in next year’s election were also due to speak, including front-runner Joe Biden, the former vice-president, and California U.S. senator Kamala Harris, who has been gaining in the polls since a strong debate performance last month.

Teachers and their unions are being eagerly courted by the large slate of Democrats seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination to run against Trump. Educators are a key voting bloc in state nominating contests and have flexed their political muscle in the past two years with a wave of strikes and protests over better pay and resources.

Under Klobuchar’s “Progress Partnership” plan, if elected president she would seek to provide federal funds for states that pledge to take, or have already taken, certain actions regarding their schools.

States that agree to increase teacher pay would receive matching federal funds for those increases. States would also need to update their high school curricula to improve workforce readiness, and demonstrate an equitable system to repair schools across their state, to receive additional federal help.

In her first 100 days if elected president, Klobuchar was due to tell the forum that she would also reduce racial disparities in disciplining students, prevent the expansion of private school vouchers – a Trump administration policy – and protect the rights of LGBTQ students.

(Reporting by Tim Reid; Editing by Susan Thomas)

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Patti Harrison
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So Amy wants to give the teachers union (NEA) more power with students and prevent funding for private school vouchers, and for what, so the teachers can indoctrinate our children more and destroy their lives and souls? I would make sure that the children in my care will never go to to public schools, and I will tell any friend of mine that has children to pull them out of public school and homeschool them!!

Allen Zabel
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Seems like the Democraps, like how foreign countries, handle their schools, and their health care.
Heads up:
The majority of foreign countries hold school sessions, year around.
But here, teachers get paid a salary, for an entire year.
But in fact, work les than nine months, in a year.
Most teachers, according to the union, hold part time summer jobs as well.
It should be easy to figure out, a monthly, weekly, or even an hourly salary, based on that.
Then and only then, should we discuss raises.

Dave Hardesty
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Tax and spend, that’s all that they know is tax and spend. Because their fools that act madly. They love to hold you tightly,so they can rob you blind.

Otis
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“Money, it’s a crime. Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie.”….Pink Floyd Why is it the Dumbocrats think that money is theirs for the taking? Those who can’t pay taxes outright should at least have to kick in a tad. The middle-class does bear most of the burden, however, without wealthy people, corporations, etc., there would be no jobs. Capitalism is not the ENEMY, but socialism leads to a Venezuela situation if not outright communism. Those are definitely failed economic methods. The Red Chinese are smart enough to have manipulated economics in their own favor, but… Read more »

Jill
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Why is throwing money at everything is the Dems answer to solving all problems? When I was in elementary school, classes had 45 students per one teacher. There were no aides for the teacher or special needs children. Families were stronger then and had disciplined children. That is so different from today where our classrooms have aides to help a class of 33 students. Thirty-three students is too many for a class today, because parents bubble wrap their children. God has been taken out of schools. Parents get mad at the principal if a letter is sent to the parents… Read more »

Joey
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Increase teacher pay by all means, they deserve it. Best thing she could do for education is to get the federal government out of it and allow teachers to teach without all the other garbage attached. She won’t get my vote I don’t care which teacher unions are supporting her. That is the problem with teacher unions, the ones in charge speak for those on the jobs whether it is what is best for them or not. I have great confidence in the county associations but I don’t believe the national associations speak well for all areas, like NEA.

Roger
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Once again you see a democrat pandering to the teacher unions which are the major problem … interestingly you don’t see Booker talking about the great charter schools he held up in Newark anymore. They all want the money the unions provide.

Cherl
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Democrats never met a promise that they can’t fulfill. But it sounds good while they’re campaigning.

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