Clinton, Feeling the Bern of Young Voters, Unveils Tuition-Free College Plan
It seems that Hillary Clinton might be feeling a “Bernie effect” after all. On Wednesday, the presumed Democratic nominee, hoping to win over Bernie Sanders’ 13 million supporters, did something many would have considered unprecedented even six months ago.
As part of her platform for the Democratic Party, Clinton says she will propose free tuition at public colleges and universities for families currently earning less than $85,000 a year. Previously, Clinton had scoffed at Sanders’ “free college” plan, and proposed “debt-free” college as a potential alternative. While Sanders’ plan did not have a cap, Clinton’s proposal is clearly inspired by her primary opponent, who made college affordability a fundamental part of his campaign.
But Hillary Clinton is heavily invested in K-12 education across the country as well.
On Tuesday, she spoke at a National Education Association event on a wide variety of topics, ranging from bullying to technology to the economy.
“The world is changing,” Clinton began. “But our education system is lagging behind. Consider this: There are more than half a million open jobs that require computing skills across the country and in every major industry. But the majority of schools in the United States do not offer computer science. It isn’t just that there’s a shortage of computer science teachers, it’s that we haven’t made a commitment to do that. But I have. I’m going to prioritize; give our educators the time and the resources they need to learn how to integrate digital tools into the curriculum," she said.
To date, no other 2016 presidential candidate has initiated a conversation about this fast-growing job field this entire election.