Here's a brief overview of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden's stances on education policy, plus quick links to articles covering the topic from across the political spectrum as determined by AllSides Media Bias Ratings.


President Donald Trump’s second-term agenda pledges to build on his first-term goals, promising to “teach American exceptionalism,” expand school choice and create education reform initiatives for certain minority groups. In February, the Trump administration’s 2021 budget included significant proposed cuts and restrictions to federal student loan programs.

Last month, Trump announced he would create a commission called the 1776 Project, which aims to promote "patriotic education" and announced the creation of a grant to develop a "pro-American curriculum." This comes after Trump criticized the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which investigates the history of the black experience in America.


Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign site links to a page titled "The Biden Plan for Educators, Students and our Future", which includes pledges to relieve student loan debt, raise pay for teachers and make college tuition-free for those whose family income is under $125,000. Biden’s plan would build on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2017 College for All Act, expanding it to allocate $70 billion toward private historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions. He’s also advocating to make community college free for two years, and to double the maximum value of Pell Grants.

Regarding student debt, Biden pledges to forgive student borrowers who graduate from public universities and private historically black colleges and universities and make less than $125,000. In response to the pandemic, he would also cancel $10,000 of federal student loan debt for every graduate. If elected, Biden plans to triple Title I to raise pay for K-12 teachers.

Quick links analyzing their stances on education policy:

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NPR: Trump's And Biden's Plans For Education

Education Dive: Where Trump and Biden stand on K-12 issues


Washington Post: Trump education plan slashes student loan program in contrast to Democrats

CNN: Biden higher education plan includes two years of free community college


Fox News: President Trump stresses need for 'restoring patriotic education' in schools

National Review: Biden’s Free-College Plan Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

This piece was written by News Editor Micaela Ricaforte (Center bias) and Managing Editor Henry A. Brechter (Center bias).

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