Yesterday I wrote about the RNC Education Platform this year, so today I’m writing about the DNC 2012 Education Platform. The DNC platform is written a bit differently, with a combination of accomplishments, policies to be continued in a second Obama term, and new goals. I’ve tried to capture all of that accurately, here. But as I did yesterday, I encourage you to read the platform for yourself as well.
Democratic Education Platform 2012
Accomplishments in Obama’s first term:
- Helped states and territories develop comprehensive plans to raise standards and improve instruction in their early learning programs
- Invested in reforming and expanding Head Start
- Challenged and encouraged states to raise their standards so students graduate ready for college or career and can succeed in a dynamic global economy. Forty-six states responded, leading groundbreaking reforms that will deliver better education to millions of American students.
- Helped school districts save more than 400,000 educator jobs.
- Took on banks to reform our student loan program, saving more than $60 billion by removing the banks acting as middlemen so we can better and more directly invest in students.
- Doubled investment in Pell Grant scholarships and created the American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college,
- Invested more than $2.5 billion in savings from reforming our student loan system to strengthen our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska, Hawaiian Native Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islander Institutions, and other Minority Serving Institutions.
- Invested in community colleges and called for partnerships between businesses and community colleges to train two million workers with the skills they need for good jobs waiting to be filled
Second Term Plans
- Ensuring that every child in America has access to a world-class public education so we can out-educate the world and make sure America has the world’s highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.
- Requiring excellence at every level of our education system, from early learning through post-secondary education.
- Closing the achievement gap in America’s schools and ensuring that in every neighborhood in the country, children can benefit from high-quality educational opportunities.
- Working with states and communities so they have the flexibility and resources they need to improve elementary and secondary education in a way that works best for students.
- Addressing the dropout crisis with urgency
- Turning around struggling public schools.
- Strengthening all our schools and working to expand public school options for low-income youth, including magnet schools, charter schools, teacher-led schools, and career academies.
- Preventing more teacher layoffs while attracting and rewarding great teachers.
- Raising standards for the programs that prepare our teachers, recognizing and rewarding good teaching, and retaining good teachers.
- Carefully crafted evaluation systems that give struggling teachers a chance to succeed and protect due process if another teacher has to be put in the classroom.
- Parental involvement in their child’s education.
- Creating avenues for students to manage their federal student loans so that their payments can be only 10 percent of what they make each month.
- Encouraging colleges to keep their costs down by reducing federal aid for those that do not, investing in colleges that keep tuition affordable and provide good value
- Doubling the number of work-study jobs available to students
- Continuing to ensure that students have access to federal loans with reasonable interest rates.
- Business-labor apprenticeship programs that provide skills and opportunity to thousands of Americans.
- Doubling key investments in science to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers, encourage private sector innovation, and prepare at least 100,000 math and science teachers over the next decade.
- Making it possible for foreign students earning advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to stay and help create jobs here at home.
- Deportation of deserving young people who are Americans in every way but on paper
To read the DNC 2012 Platform, click here.