I have a child who will turn 5 years-old next year and I'm starting to think more and more about education policy. What presidential candidates, from either party, have the best education plans so far?


Emily Gover, MSIS, Librarian and Ed Tech Community Manager

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It is hard to say which candidate has the "best policy," as it is a subjective matter for each voter (like many things in politics!). Here is information on from the current major candidates running for President, from their own websites. (Some candidates' policies are more detailed than others.)

Current popular candidates for the Democratic Party

Current popular candidates for the Republican Party

As of this posting, there is no easily accessible or clearly-outlined information for education policy on the campaign websites for Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz.

While a candidate's campaign website is a good place to start, it is important to also look for other perspectives from third party outlets to get a well-rounded understanding.

From a third party standpoint, ProCon.org is a nonprofit, objective resource that has a whole website dedicated to the 2016 election, the candidates, and their viewpoints. Another website, OnTheIssues.org, is a nonprofit, non-partisan website that collects quotes from politicians on different topics, including education. Here is a link to their page on education. Reading national and local newspapers can also help you come to a decision on which candidate aligns with your views on education.

The candidates' views may change over time, as well, so do your best to stay informed in the weeks and months to come!

Jennifer Oleniczak, Founder and Artistic Director of The Engaging Educator

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The candidates have all spoken (briefly) for some regarding education - depending on your political beliefs, it's still open as to how much people mean what they say, or are just saying things based on public appeal.

In my personal opinion, Bernie Sanders has been the most outspoken regarding education and positive changes in education.

Quotes from candidates: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/11-quotes-education-2016-presidential-candidates

GOP Education Views: http://national.deseretnews.com/article/5151/8-gop-presidential-candidates-and-their-views-on-education.html

EDWeek Article: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/09/why_arent_democratic_president.html

Bernie Sanders: http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-education/

I feel politics is a very individual-specific thing, so it's more of a "let's search and do research and see" versus opinion - I acknowledge I really do believe in Bernie Sanders and his platform on education, which leads me to a slightly biased opinion on other candidates.

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