Why Joe Biden? His Agenda On Public Education!

Why does the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the American Federation of Teachers endorse Joe Biden for President? Take a look at his Education Agenda. These are many of the same issues we have been fighting for in New Mexico for years.

America faces three immense crises—a health pandemic, an economic recession, and racial injustice. These crises have demonstrated the need for a compassionate, competent leader who will not only bring us out of the depths of economic ruin but also rewrite the rules so working families can thrive and our nation can heal. Joe Biden is that leader. (Download the flyer here.)

As president, Joe Biden will:

 COVID-19

  • Harness the resources of the federal government for combating the pandemic in a coordinated
  • Provide the necessary help to workers, families and small businesses that are hit hard by this
  • Ensure all frontline workers have high-quality and appropriate personal protective
  • Secure paid family and medical sick
  • Expand assistance to federal child care centers and to schools—particularly Title I

 PREK-12 EDUCATION

  • Triple Title I funding to reach disadvantaged students and ensure that districts can offer educators competitive
  • Eliminate high-stakes standardized
  • Prioritize and create more community schools, and expand these services for 300,000 students and their
  • Provide universal pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds, and ensure that the early childhood education workforce is
  • Ban for-profit charters, increase accountability and transparency for current charters, and oppose private school
  • Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education
  • Fund professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals and school employees, and fund teacher preparation programs that address teacher
  • Invest in improving and modernizing school

 HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Double the maximum value of Pell
  • Support a Title I-type program for postsecondary education, to enable colleges and universities to better serve the needs of low-income and/or underprepared
  • Improve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to offer student debt relief for national or community
  • Make community colleges tuition-free, and make public colleges and universities tuition-free for families making less than $125,000 annually.

 HEALTHCARE

  • Ensure healthcare is a right, not a privilege, by protecting and building on the Affordable Care Act, to give every American access to affordable health insurance, including providing a public
  • Allow Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical corporations to lower prescription drug
  • Allow consumers to buy prescription drugs from other
  • Broaden and improve the access to high-quality prescription generic
  • Lower costs and improve health outcomes by partnering with the healthcare

 JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

  • Repeal the Trump/Republican tax cuts benefiting corporations and the wealthiest
  • Support the American economy by investing $400 billion in products made by American
  • Support a $15-an-hour minimum
  • Support legislation banning states from enacting right-to-work
  • Invest in rural broadband

 HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS

  • Restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act, and strengthen voting
  • Strengthen Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and expand protections for Dreamers and undocumented
  • Build on the Violence Against Women Act and the Equality Act to help reduce violence and hate crimes against LGBTQ
  • Make it a priority of the Justice Department to prosecute hate crimes committed against people of color, LGBTQ people and religious group

 RETIREMENT SECURITY AND MEDICARE

  • Preserve and strengthen Social Security by ensuring the wealthy pay their fair
  • Protect and strengthen Medicare and ensure high-quality, affordable healthcare for all older
  • Ensure that states fulfill their commitment to protect public and private pensions so that workers keep the benefits they have

 

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