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Here’s where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on the biggest K-12 issues

By Stephen Noonoo
October 24th, 2016

Tracking where Clinton and Trump stand on Common Core, coding, and teacher unions

With the election only about two weeks away, the long campaigning season is finally drawing to a close. With so much else to talk about, issues surrounding K-12 education have gotten relatively little attention, despite the recent politicization of charter schools, Common Core, and STEM instruction. Although somewhat easy to miss, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have addressed these issues and more in the press and on their respective campaign websites. And educators seem to have taken notice, at least somewhat: Earlier this month, more than 2,500 educators responded to an informal eSchool News poll asking which candidate best represented their vision for the future of K-12 education. (Clinton won that poll with 58 percent of the vote, while Trump received 28 percent; 12 percent were undecided.)

The infographic below highlights the candidates’ statements on a variety of topics and hints at what their administrations might focus on following the election. For more about the candidates and their positions on education, check out the infographic compiled by eCampus News, which hones in on higher education issues, such as college tuition costs.

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About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.


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