Tom Steyer on Education

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO


$1.5 trillion in student loan debt is unacceptable

A good, equitable education opens up the world. A degree or certificate says, "I can compete in this 21st century economy." It gives you the means to pursue your dreams and contribute to our society.

That doesn't mean everyone needs a graduate degree. It doesn't even mean everyone needs a bachelor's degree. But it does mean that everyone should be able to open the door to a good school, and gain the knowledge they need to succeed, without worrying about the cost.

Americans collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loans. This is unacceptable. Everyone must be able to acquire new skills, start new careers, and work for whatever it is they want.

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website, TomSteyer.com , Jul 8, 2019

Keep schools open despite Republican demonization

Our government has to keep [school] doors open to everyone, but the Republican agenda of demonizing teachers, framing public education as a costly burden, and gutting education spending--all so they can cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy-- means our system is suffering.

Schools in Oklahoma and Colorado can't stay open for a full five-day week. Students in Rhode Island and Michigan are suing their states because their public high schools don't properly teach them fundamental things like civics and literacy. Virtually all our public school teachers spend some of their own pay on school supplies for their classes.

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website, TomSteyer.com , Jul 8, 2019

Opportunity Institute: cradle to career approach

The Opportunity Institute will take a "cradle to career" approach to improving education outcomes. It is also backed by philanthropist Tom Steyer, who is the organization's board chair. "Every child needs access to a quality education, clean air and water, and economic security in order to realize their full potential," he said. "Yet today too many children grow up in poverty and without the basic building blocks˙of opportunity and prosperity."
Source: L.Fredberg in edsource.org on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Feb 17, 2016

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2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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