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Commentary: Discussion of K-12 issues slim at Democratic debate

LA School Report | October 14, 2015



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By Carolyn Phenicie

Discussion of education issues was slim and scarce again at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, with only two brief mentions of education as a civil rights issue and a solitary question devoted to higher education.

However, the two frontrunners, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, did address education more broadly in regards to other questions throughout the evening.

In his opening statement, Sanders took a page from outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan and called for reforming prisons and putting that money into schools. “It seems to me that instead of building more jails and providing more incarceration, maybe, just maybe, we should be putting money into education and jobs for our kids,” he said.

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