Bernie Unveils Sweeping Education Reform Platform

CBS News reports:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled his education policy plan on Saturday — a comprehensive 10-point agenda that calls for the end of for-profit charter schools, creates a salary floor for public school teachers, guarantees free school meals for all students and expands after school and summer school programs.

The 2020 hopeful’s policy proposal adds to the already robust debate in the Democratic primary regarding education, but like many Sanders proposals, comes with many promises but few specifics as to how it will be paid for.

Sanders argued that education is a social justice issue. He promised to combat racial discrimination and school segregation by tripling Title 1 funding and executing desegregation orders.

Buzzfeed News reports:

Some of Sanders’ opponents, like Sen. Cory Booker, have been forceful advocates for expanding charters.

The Vermont senator outlined the plan on Saturday morning at Life Cathedral Church in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a key early-voting state in next year’s Democratic primary, which rests heavily on black voters. In 2016, Sanders lost the primary here to Hillary Clinton by 47.5%.

His town hall is the fourth stop in a four-day, four-state swing through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, where he will highlight policy on education and environmental justice.