Education

Key changes:

  •  Access to quality public school education

  • Increase funding for S.T.E.A.M. programs. (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)

  • Increase state grants for higher education to offset costs

  • Increase funding for students with learning disabilities

  • Increase student loan forgiveness for Delaware's teachers

  • Increase the number of school- based social workers and guidance counselors

Access to Quality Education provides upward mobility

K-12 Education

Public education has been under attack for decades: from redirecting public funds from community schools to public and for-profit charters to the growth of educational entrepreneurship to the loan-sharking of commercial student loans and the campaign against ethnic studies in several states.

Note that students and families suffering this educational assault are predominantly African-American, Latino, recent immigrants and people of color. Their children attend public schools in precisely those major urban areas whose programs are being slashed and terminated. 

Here are some steps we can take to strengthen public education and level the playing field for all children.

 

  • Combat racial discrimination and school segregation

  • End the unaccountable profit motive of charter schools

  • Provide equitable funding for public schools

  • Give teachers a well-earned raise by setting their starting salary at $60,000, expand collective bargaining rights and tenure, and end teacher funding of expenses for classroom materials.

  • Provide funding for special education and give special education teachers the support they need

Higher Education

"Heavy student loan debt carries negative consequences for borrowers, who must make monthly payments with their hard-earned dollars rather than save up and get ahead. High debt can affect where graduates live, the kind of careers they pursue, when they start a family or purchase a home, and whether they can save for retirement. The combination of high student debt and low earnings can lead to default, ruined credit and wage garnishment. Such distress runs counter to the goal of higher education," U.S. Pirg

  1. Clarify financial aid letters by distinguishing loans from grants and scholarships, noting that loans must be paid back, and clearly stating net costs.

  2. Provide students with a four-year estimate of expected costs.

  3. Establish clear policies regarding financial aid eligibility requirements, and include them in all financial aid award letters and communications.

  4. Be more precise in estimating non-tuition costs to students.

  5. Educate students about financial aid by requiring or encouraging financial aid advising.

  6. Prioritize need-based institutional grants.

  7. Commit to maintaining grant levels for the duration of a student’s academic program.

  8. Maintain institutional aid even when students receive private scholarships.

  9. Ensure the availability of free and low-cost textbooks.

  10. Set up emergency aid programs.

  11. Integrate financial aid and social services.                     *Many points courtesy of jkcf.org

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