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“It’s hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Duncan said. Duncan is a part of the Vista Teachers Association and said she and her colleagues are struggling to keep students engaged while being confined to a virtual screen. On top of Duncan’s pandemic challenges, her biggest concern comes from schools not having enough federal grants to buy COVID-19 equipment and gear in order to reopen schools as safely as possible. Duncan said she’s also worried about the current administration’s proposals this year to cut public school funding and teacher grants while prioritizing private schooling, for what the current administration calls ‘school-choice.’ “What ‘school-choice’ really means for schools like mine, where there is a low-income population — we have a very high population of homeless students — is that ‘school-choice' allows or encourages people who have wealth to leave schools like mine and leave other schools, further segregating the schools,” Duncan said. The Trump administration’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said families should be free to choose their best options. Secretary DeVos wanted to allow families to use education federal funding elsewhere if local public schools refused to open during the pandemic. DeVos also proposed canceling Pell Grant Surplus and subsidized student loans this year, which are meant to help students cover interest while they are enrolled in college. The contrasts between the current and upcoming administration’s views are stark. In July, then candidate Joe Biden, said he would replace DeVos, a millionaire businesswoman, with an educator.


Creating a new child care construction tax credit to encourage businesses to build child care facilities at places of work. Perhaps his most sweeping proposals are on the higher education front, visit their website with a heavy emphasis on community colleges. Among them are: Making attending public universities and historically black colleges and universities tuition-free for families earning under $125,000 a year. Making community colleges tuition-free along with “high-quality training programs” free for everyone. Allowing Pell Grants and other forms of financial aid to be used for expenses beyond tuition and fees like housing and food. Investing $50 billion in workforce training through community college partnerships and apprenticeships. It’s unclear what impact Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will have, if any, on a Biden administration’s education agenda. During her brief presidential campaign, she also put forward ambitious education proposals. The most notable among them was her proposal to close the “teacher pay gap,” which she defined as the difference between a teacher’s pay and that of those in other fields with comparable college degrees and experience. She envisaged trying to boost the average teacher’s pay over a decade by $13,500 a year.
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