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Former Vice President Joe Biden promised to increase pay for teachers in public schools located in low-income communities by tripling Title I funding at a speech to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Houston on Tuesday.
The leader in the race for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination introduced a number of additional education policy proposals designed to win favor with the burgeoning #RedforEd teachers movement. Biden did not say how much his proposals would cost in total. If enacted, they would potentially increase federal spending on K–12 education by at least 75 percent.
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Those proposals were at least temporarily overshadowed by yet another cringe-worthy public interaction between Biden and a female supporter, this time a ten-year-old girl in the audience.
As Breitbart News reported in February:
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Title I spending by the Department of Education in FY 2019 will be $15.9 billion, roughly 40 percent of the $40 billion in federal funds the Department of Education will spend on K-12 public education this fiscal year. By tripling that expenditure in FY 2021, Biden will increase Title I annual spending by $31.8 billion to $47.7 billion. That proposal alone would increase federal spending on K–12 public education by more than 75 percent, from $40 billion in FY 2019 to more than $71.8 billion in FY 2021.
If all Biden’s additional spending proposals announced on Tuesday are enacted by Congress, federal spending on K–12 public education in his first year in office would increase by more than 75 percent, depending on the full cost of the additional proposals.
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Democrat presidential contenders have been racing to see who can move farthest to the left to gain favor among the growing number of #RedforEd teacher activists, many of whom were volunteers in the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign.
Earlier this month, Biden was one of a number of 2020 Democrats who jumped...
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