Joe Biden's Election as President Tees Up Massive Shifts for K-12 Policy
November 10, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden plans to pursue an ambitious agenda for K-12 education that will depend on cooperation from Congress and his administration's ability to address the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic on students and schools.
The former Democratic vice president, whose victory was called by the Associated Press Saturday morning after a close election and days of vote-counting in multiple states, has promised a sharp U-turn from the education philosophy and policies of his competitor, Republican President Donald Trump, in areas including the COVID-19 crisis, civil rights enforcement in schools, and aid for underprivileged students.
Biden pledged in his campaign to significantly boost federal education funding and to focus on “neighborhood public schools” rather than charter schools. And he ran on outspoken opposition to the efforts to use public funds to help children attend private schools that became a signature of his predecessor, who had yet to concede over the weekend and remained defiant about the results of the election.