2020 Candidates Are Finally Talking About Education, But Not In The Way Black Voters Need

Written by on January 9, 2020

Arguably the biggest difference between the 2016 presidential election and now in 2020 — minus impeachment and general angst over the current Tweetalomaniac residing in the White House — is that candidates are finally having a national conversation on K–12 education. The Democratic party went so far as to dedicate a forum to it (one Saturday night when no one was watching). That might be a bright spot of good news during an otherwise sobering, and highly uncertain, campaign cycle.

The bad news is that folks, as predicted, are going about that all wrong. And that’s not doing a thing for Black voters who are not only (1) the most important demographic in the Democratic primary, but who are also (2) the most impacted by any dramatic change in the K–12 classroom.

Back to the good news, first: a little relief that presidential candidates, unlike those in 2016, are properly putting horse before cart in today’s education debate. Last round, any talk about education centered on student loans as opposed to the fundamentals conversation for K–12. It was as if students under 18 struggling through America’s very obvious education crisis didn’t exist and, naturally for candidates, didn’t count as voters, anyway.

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