April 2018 Democratic Positions on Education

April 2018 Democratic Positions on Education

Democratic Positions on Education

A public education has been one of the cornerstones of American democracy since the beginning of this Republic. Historically, the role of public education has been to teach students knowledge, skills, and values. Although educational reform is argued by both Democrats and Republicans, there are significant differences in the philosophies, goals, and objectives of each party.

  • We advocate for public education and oppose the privatization and de-stabilization of public schools.
  • We support funding for programs that aid in children succeeding in school from preschool through college. Programs that nurture social-emotional development, interpersonal skills, and other “learning mindsets” encourage overall achievement.
  • We support access to high quality early learning programs, such as Head Start programs.
  • We encourage state leaders and policy makers in their efforts to promote students to consider teaching as a profession. We support increasing the diversity among the pool of teachers.
  • We support efforts to reinstate Title IX guidelines on how colleges respond to allegations of sexual assault.
  • We advocate maintaining the Education Department’s civil rights investigations at its current level by not reducing staffing levels and not scaling back the scope of future inquiries.
  • We support guidelines that protect students from for-profit schools, such as debt forgiveness programs, and we support regulations that call for more accountability with these institutions.