The Democratic Party’s current ideas and beliefs on education were most recently adopted at the 2016 Democratic Convention and brought together in the party platform. Here are some highlights of the main stances on education which focus on quality affordable education for all Americans. You can read the entire text of the 2016 Democratic Platform at Democrats.org.

 

Provide Quality and Affordable Education
“Democrats know that every child, no matter who they are, how much their families earn, or where they live, should have access to a high-quality education, from preschool through high school and beyond.”

“Democrats are committed to making good public schools available to every child, no matter what zip code they live in, and at last making debt-free college a reality for all Americans.”

 

Making Debt-Free College a Reality
“Democrats are unified in their strong belief that every student should be able to go to college debt-free, and working families should not have to pay any tuition to go to public colleges and universities.”

“We will also make community college free, while ensuring the strength of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions.”

 

Providing Relief from Crushing Student Debt
“Democrats will allow those who currently have student debt to refinance their loans at the lowest rates possible.”

“We will simplify and expand access to income-based repayment so that no student loan borrowers ever have to pay more than they can afford.”

“Democrats will restore the prior standard in bankruptcy law to allow borrowers with student loans to be able to discharge their debts in bankruptcy as a measure of last resort.”

 

Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions
“We will strengthen our nation’s public and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions, and minority-serving institutions.”

“We will provide further assistance to students at these schools, as well as other students across the country, by restoring year-round Pell funding so that low- and middle-income students from all backgrounds can get the support they need to make progress toward a college degree throughout the year.”

 

Cracking Down on Predatory For-Profit Schools
“We will continue to crack down on for-profit schools that take millions in federal financial aid, often as their principal source of revenue, and then exploit students and burden them with debt rather than educating them.”

 

Guaranteeing Universal Preschool and Good Schools for Every Child
“Democrats will invest in early childhood programs like Early Head Start and provide every family in America with access to high-quality childcare and high-quality preschool programs.”

“We will ensure there are great schools for every child no matter where they live.”

“We also support increased investments in after school and summer learning programs, which help working families, keep kids safe, and inspire learning at a time when many students are left unsupervised.”

“Democrats believe all students should be taught to high academic standards.”

“We must fulfill our national commitment to provide a meaningful education to students with disabilities, and work towards full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act so that students with disabilities can receive the extra resources and services they need.”

“We are also deeply committed to ensuring that we strike a better balance on testing so that it informs, but does not drive, instruction.”

“Democrats recognize and honor all the professionals who work in public schools to support students, education—teachers, education support professionals, and specialized staff.”

“We will invest in high-quality STEAM classes, community schools, computer science education, arts education, and expand link learning models and career pathways.”

“The Democratic Party is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps—particularly those that lead to students from low-income communities arriving on day one of kindergarten several years behind their peers.”

“Democrats are committed to providing parents with high-quality public school options and expanding these options for low-income youth.”

“Democrats oppose for-profit charter schools focused on making a profit off of public resources.”

(Extracts from the 2016 Democratic Party Platform. To read more visit https://www.democrats.org/party-platform )